Friday, February 25, 2011
When technology and policy changes, what happens to art?I came across this news today: no more incandescent light bulbs starting in 2012. It didn't sound like the most terrible thing to outlaw, until I read this. No more Easy Bake Ovens???? Will 2012 even be worth living in???
On a more art-related note, when technology goes greener, and policies shift to eradicate incandescents, what happens to artwork that requires them? And what about simply lighting art (for viewing/photographing purposes)? I did a little research and found out that the EU Parliament has already done this! Check out this site, Save The Bulb, where artists vented their frustrations on the potential for the bulb ban. The choice of light (type of light, that is) is of incredible importance to artists (not to mention sculptures, etc. that might require incandescents bulbs for one reason or another). Here's my favorite link: "Artists see EU Light Bulb ban as an aesthetic calamity".