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Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Media Studies

Reader 1

Professor Kim-Trang Tran

Reader 2

Professor Daniel Hackbarth

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Should digital art qualify as public art? This thesis aims to explore the significance of this question in a contemporary context by cross-examining the two genres in terms of creative agency, accessibility, and aura. Through various interviews and case studies with global artists, I examine similarities and differences in materiality and engagement in public and digital art and the implications of my findings under broader, theoretical frameworks. I further seek to understand how the relationship between technology, art, and society has shifted over time. Ultimately, I argue that the fluidity of digital art allows to exist in public and private forms; in other words, the status of digital art is flexible and can undergo cycles of reconceptualization based on its presentation and purpose.