Digital Amateurism and the Platformisation of Art

Yvonne Schweizer, University of Bern, Switzerland, yvonne.schweizer@ikg.unibe.ch

Annette Urban, University of Bochum, Germany

This session seeks to critically examine the figure of the digital amateur who entered the art field beginning in the early 2000s. It aims to investigate the advent of digital platforms as a particular moment that blurs the hierarchies between amateurism and professionalism. Tales of deskilling and sharing, the celebration of collective creativity and vernacular aesthetics have since remained at the core of digital culture. At the same time, platforms offer the stage to highly commodified participatory promises as well as gendered images of craftsmanship and technical expertise. 

Information about the speakers and papers on this panel will be posted shortly.

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