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  Wednesday, August 20, 2003

doesn't mean an artist can't use it as a medium.

PowerPoint As An Artistic Medium. Someone had told me about musician David Byrne's obsession with PowerPoint last week, but I was still a bit surprised to see him write a whole article about the conversion that turned him into using PowerPoint as an artistic medium. [Techdirt]

The compare/contrast of PowerPoint in the latest issue of Wired, repeated in Wired online, is not a case of one or the other. Artists typically select a medium, then work with it, within it's limitations as well as benefits, push the boundaries, make it do things others didn't think possible. That neither proves nor disproves the value of the medium. Tufte points out the evils of PowerPoint as a communication tool, not as artistic medium. Byrne tests PowerPoint as artistic medium, not as a tool for communication (at least as it's usually used--I know, art is still communication, but in this case it's nonverbal). The two presentations are not mutually exclusive. In fact, one can read Byrne's use of PowerPoint-as-art as satire, in which case the two fit perfectly.

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