|Although styles from the past continued to reign, the last decade saw a paradigm shift in the alliance between art and technology. The digital revolution offered pioneering methods for creating art. Advances in medical imaging and telescopic views of the universe offered new ways of seeing. Revelations on how the brain processes information as well as how vision operates became fodder for far reaching ideas. Instant communication afforded by the internet did away with geographical constraints and opened avenues to broader perspectives.
Ethnic and social diversity as well as the cultural and political upheavals of the world at large, translated with heightened speed, provided impetus for changing ideas. In a media saturated, commerce driven society, the primacy of any one outlook or standard dissolved under the weight of a multiplicity of styles and theoretical discourses. Hopefully, technology and porous cultural boundaries will steer future artists away from weakly derivative, recycled styles and attitudes.