This document is important because Myriam Luisa Díaz, a Colombian systems engineer and director of Especialización en Creación Multimedia [Specialization in Multimedia Creation] in the art department at the Universidad de los Andes [University of the Andes] offers a historical perspective on the relationship between contemporary artists (1980 through 2009) and the use of new technologies and multimedia environments in the creation of works of art.
In a discussion on Medios Electrónicos y Artes del Tiempo (MEAT) [Contemporary Electronic and Art Media] in the art department at the Universidad de los Andes, Díaz focuses on the theoretical and practical concerns surrounding access to software, its use, and its development in the service of art. The essay explores the ambiguous connection between art, culture, and society in Colombia, expressing concern over the apparent disconnect between them. Díaz discusses the limitations of the medium and its historical application in terms of the use and distribution of technology.
Díaz also draws on her own experience to explain the reasons for the development of a curriculum that reflects a concern with an exploration of alternative options for interdisciplinary practices but always keeps in mind the artist’s perspective vis-à-vis four main points: the multimedia concept, the tool, its possibilities as an artistic resource and as the actual medium for creating a work of art.