It is interesting to see how websites providing online desktops, like text editors (like this one), graphic editors, sound editors and video editors are increasingly stimulating people to create text, images, audio and video online.
The fact that the desktop (i.e. in fact another workshop/studio) is online, connected to the Internet, is what makes the studio situation fundamentally different from the traditional studio:
1. the artists do not just trust their connection to the electricity network and their computer but also their Internet browser, the software providing the desktop, the webhost of the online desktop, the Internet connection and the Internet as a whole to offer a stimulating creative environment.
2. the whole creation process can be logged and replayed: this transparency gives insight in the process of artistic creation.
3. the online situation is pushing people to finish their creation before they log out of the online desktop. They don’t want to leave something unfinished online, only when they can label the creation as a “sketch”.
4. when publishing the creation the creation becomes connected to the online profile of the creator and (if there are any) the other works that were published under the same profile. The creator’s work is updated, expanded.
5. the creation is immediately published when the work is finished and open for commentary by those who visit the website publishing the creation.
6. the published creation can immediately be copied and published elsewhere.
7. the published creation can be used for another creation.