AMY CONGDON – GOOGLED IT
I’m a textile designer by training with a research practice that explores tissue engineering and when I was asked to contribute something to a ‘postdigital’ relay it was a request outside of my sphere so I did what anyone else nowadays would do – I Googled it. This action got me thinking, and as there has been discussion on here about internet history and people’s definitions of the term, I decided to screen grab, the often humorous suggestions, given to me by the search engine whilst I was on my quest for answers.
I wondered as I sat in front of my keyboard is postdigital one word or two? Is what I really want to know – ‘what ip I have’?! In the end google had no suggestions for the question “What is postdigital art?” and through this process I got to thinking about how I am part of the last generation who has grown up knowing life with and without Google. Even those a couple of years younger are now used to having their quest for knowledge predicted, prompted and prescribed by an algorithm. I’m not saying its good or bad, just that it got me thinking about how I search for knowledge and what that means …. what it means for me is I’m still not sure what postdigital arts means (I got distracted!)