Redefining Reality: Art Education and Student Sensibilities at the Digital Inflection Point (80760)

Session Information: Teaching and Learning in the Arts
Session Chair: William Hall

Saturday, 25 May 2024 14:10
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 703
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The concept of ‘reality’ within art and design is inherently dynamic, subject to the influences of varying cultures and times, along with philosophical and technological developments. Recent advancements in virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI)-generated art have propelled us into new, uncharted creative territory, challenging existing theoretical frameworks within the art world and presenting many unaddressed questions and uncertainties. Art education is at a pivotal moment, grappling with the integration of such technologies, the training needs of faculty, shifting modes of exhibiting work, and ethical considerations such as ‘ownership’, ‘authenticity’, and ‘originality.’ Parallel to these issues is the shifting perception of the very nature of ‘reality’ among digital-native art students, who increasingly embrace experiences in the digital realm, a transformation further accelerated by the rapid increase in digitalisation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This ongoing collaborative research aims to map out the changing sensitivities to ‘reality’ among art university students, addressing the widening gap between what institutions offer and what students need, and presenting possible frameworks for future developments in art education. Through analysis of survey data on the evolving concept of ‘reality’ and its interplay with digital experiences, it explores the integration of technological innovations, ethical considerations, and the future of artistic careers in an increasingly digital age, offering insights into developing curricula that align with evolving artistic and educational landscapes.

William Hall, Kyoto Saga University of Arts, Japan
Yoko Iwasaki, Kyoto Saga University of Arts, Japan

About the Presenter(s)
Dr. William Hall and Dr. Yoko Iwasaki are associate professors at Kyoto Saga University of Art (Kyoto, Japan). Their research intersects various perceptual phenomena and art studies.

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