Some brief thoughts about professional practice

Ellie Rees’ visit was interesting earlier today. One thing she said that I found useful was that she makes very little of her living through selling her work. Most of it comes from teaching, residencies and so on. I think I’m going to make all of my online work available on creative commons from now on, meaning it won’t really be that sellable, even if there was a significant market for online work.

It’s encouraging. For us as digital artists we could get caught up in thinking we have to sell lots of work to be successful. In fact a better marker of our success may be the number of residencies we’ve done. This is a good thing as now must surely be a good time for digital artists to apply for residencies.

One thing that occurred to me this week is that one reason why I love digital art is the fact that the different media it uses are interesting outside of art circles (ie – web design). I think this is a very good thing in terms of digital art’s wider relevance. It can only mean that ideas like remixability and hybridity will become more prevalent. I hope it will also make us more attractive to residency selection panels. I think there’s a decent argument to say it should.

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