An Essay About the Impact of the Digital Revolution on Higher Education in Art and Design

  • Hendrik WahlEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10902)


This paper focuses the shift in human culture and society, delivered by the digital revolution. Due to an expected dematerialization of the most future products and services the contradiction between the classical value of a commodity, negotiated in the traditional exchange systems and the digital economy will further increase. This again will contribute to dramatic changes in production, rendering gigantic industrial complexes obsolete, which puts the personal creativity as an eternal, never expiring source of inspiration, art, design and high elaborated products into the focus.

Starting from this point we want to explore how future-oriented education can meaningfully interlink the widely chaotic processes of art and design production, the absolute necessary fuzziness of an artist’s mind with the cool and sometimes unforgiving logic of the digital machines. We are deeply convinced that this is not a matter of interface-design anymore. That’s why we want to go beyond any conventions and rethink higher education in the domain of art and design related creativity, virtuosity and intellectuality under the impact of the digital revolution from the beginning. By conducting an analytic review of the mindsets and methods applied here, we are expecting to face the major challenge in defining the criteria, which are allowing us to establish and to sustain a dynamic balance between the needs of the carbon beings and the possibilities of their siliconized representations - far apart from buzzword centered platitudes.


Art Design Higher education Digital revolution Human labor Dematerialization Fuzziness of the artist’s mind Tectonic shift Parallels in history Industrial robotics Uniformity of mass-production Philosophy Creativity Virtuosity Intellectuality Global society Self-regulating markets Deviation Evolution Success Ethics Needs vs. Possibilities Lifelong learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American University in DubaiDubaiUAE

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