Dr. Tracey Bowen is Internship Program Coordinator and Lecturer in the Communication, Culture and Information Technology program at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. She received her Ph.D. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She has written on various topics in visual art education, visual culture, and studio pedagogy. Dr. Bowen is also a photo-based artist who has participated in numerous exhibitions in Canada and in the United States.2006 0-7734-5655-4
As artists increasingly integrate digital procedures into their art making processes, they are confronted with the need to transform older practices, often working through challenging phases of translation. This study examines the ways in which six artists whose practices are based primarily on hand making methods are exchanging hands-on engagement using traditional materials with digital manipulation programs. Three key themes focusing on researching the electronic library, computerized image production and the physicality of art making are extracted from the artists’ interviews. These themes in conjunction with theoretical discourses addressing issues of time and place, cyborgology and art education, illuminate the terms of resistance, incorporation and innovation that characterize the interchanges between hand and computer procedures for producing images.