The limitation on artistic expression has long been identified as the translation of the idea into a piece. The traditional mediums for artistic expression had become rigid and so logically structured in their teaching, that artists had become less free in their creative process. Individuality had in the past been dulled and new pieces had become mere variations of those of the masters of the past. This resulted in art taking a new direction; one where computer based technological advancements were not only valued by and benefitted the scientific community, but also the art world.

Technological advancements have provided new openings for radical artistic expression since they were first documented. The ability to mix oils with pigment enabled artists to break from the rigid iconoclastic depictions in tempura, and move into a more realistic depiction of humans and their emotions with oil paint. As computers became more available for the greater public, more artists attempted to experiment with the limitations of the computer as a means for translating their pictorial or audio desires into an electronic format.  It was no longer just an analogous device for structured and systematic output, but a digital machine where a new type of virtual art could be created.

The artist himself has evolved to be able to create using analytical mediums. They are shifting from physical and manual creativity to a more abstract form. An artist can now program the computer through algorithms to present the result of their creativity on a virtual platform. The internet and technologies of manipulation, editing and distribution not only made creative process easier, but also inspired artists to challenge the boundaries of traditional art forms. These software developments have enabled a form of intermedia, where the artist is not restricted to one artistic medium. You can simultaneously present the visual with sound whilst permitting audience interaction and influence. Where once an artist could only present a painting on a canvas or create a musical performance, they are now capable of engineering a fully encompassing artistic simulation via projections, sound systems, motion and light sensors etc.  In this world where there are no definite properties the limitations of the ancient mediums of expression have been surpassed.

Although it may take time for society to accept these new radical forms of art as such, there is no denying that artists are beginning to explore a less limited realm of art production. As long as computers continue to develop in their technology, artists will always challenge the limits placed on the device in order to expand the potential of their personal expression. They are now entering into a dialogue with the art of the past, without letting it hinder their own experimentation or artistic style.

N Roller