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Technology spurs opportunities, challenges to art community

Negrense artists led by Charlie Co (right) discus the opportunities and challenges spurred by technology for local artists during the press conference on the 16th Biennale Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference in Bacolod City recently. (Erwin Nicavera)

THE fast-evolving technology, especially the popularity of social media, has also spurred both opportunities and challenges among Filipino artists including those in Negros Occidental.

For a seasoned Negrense visual artist Charlie Co, there are currently more “spaces and things” happening in order for the young generation of artists to navigate --– one is technological evolution.

Co, on the sidelines of the press conference on the 16th Biennale Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference (Viva ExCon) in Bacolod City recently, said technology has enabled artists to make and send art pieces wherever they are, even in mountains.

“However, artists should have the experience of preparing a space for exhibition,” he said, adding that by just posting the artworks on social media limits the opportunity for the artists to really present themselves.

Agreeing to this, artist Manny Montelibano, also a Negrense, said social media has many downsides when it comes to promoting the art.

Montelibano said posting the works on social media sometimes limits the person


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