(A detail of the Web page of Douglas Davis’s interactive computer artwork “The World’s First Collaborative Sentence.” Image courtesy of Lehman College Art Gallery)
Paintings fade; sculptures chip. Art restorers have long known how to repair those material flaws, so the experience of looking at a Vermeer or a Rodin remains basically unchanged over time. But when creativity is computerized, the art isn’t so easy to fix.
For instance, when a Web-based work becomes technologically obsolete, does updated software simply restore it? Or is the piece fundamentally changed? (New York Times)