Predictions and Trends in Art Ownership

Predictions and Trends in Art Ownership

Publisher’s note

Today was quite an ordinary day for me. I rode my bike to the office, which bike I rent along with some neat perks like insurance and free services (same goes for the office). The bicycle is convenient and fits well with my lifestyle. On my way, I couldn’t help but think about the latest movie I watched (again), “The Square,” which I caught on my favorite streaming platform. It’s one of those films that really got me thinking about art and its place in our lives.

Speaking of art, I’ve been diving deep into articles online, exploring different perspectives and ideas. Some of the best ones were on subscription sites, which I’m considering signing up for to access more content like that. Music-wise, even though I have a wide collection of CDs, I find myself relying more on algorithms to discover new tunes through subscription services. It’s like having a personal DJ curate playlists just for me.

I live in a rented house, and despite the hassle of moving every time, I don’t have the anxiety of an unbearable and unattainable loan. I’ve come to appreciate the flexibility it offers. I’m not tied down by property ownership, and it allows me to focus on experiences rather than possessions. My phone plan allows me to switch providers when the contract expires and enjoy great deals every time.

All in all, I’m realizing that I don’t need a lot of physical stuff to feel fulfilled. My collection of CDs and books brings me joy, but it’s the experiences and connections that truly enrich my life.

As I observe the changing landscape of arts and our society, I ponder: How will the ownership of art evolve in the future? And perhaps, should it change to better align with new realities and how we interact with art?

The concept of ownership in the realm of art is constantly evolving, as digitization and the integration of arts with technology bring about new dynamics. In this context, subscription-based platforms for music, cinema, and other forms of art have significantly influenced how we perceive and exercise ownership.

Instead of purchasing physical objects, many people today prefer to subscribe to services that offer access to a wide range of artworks for a monthly or yearly fee. This model shifts the emphasis from owning the artwork to accessing it. Rather than owning a piece of art physically, you belong to the service that allows you to enjoy it.

This transition has various implications for the experience of ownership. On one hand, it provides greater accessibility to artworks, as subscription platforms can provide access to millions of songs, movies, books, and other works. On the other hand, it diminishes the sense of physical possession and ownership, as users don’t truly possess the works they consume.

With the introduction of new technologies and changing societal preferences, art ownership is on a path of transformation. Let’s explore some predictions and trends for the future of arts and how they could influence art ownership.


Hybrid Exhibition Experience

The transition to digital platforms does not signify the end of physical exhibitions. Rather, we predict an era of hybrid exhibitions, combining physical presence with digital experience. Visitors will be able to discover artworks in both physical and virtual spaces, creating an experience that blends the physical and the digital.


Impact of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence does not replace artists but enhances them. We anticipate that artists will leverage technology to create artworks in novel and innovative ways. Artificial intelligence can provide tools and smart processes that enable artists to express themselves in new manners.


Digital Recycling

With increased exposure and accessibility to art through digital platforms, we foresee an era of digital recycling. Artists may remix or reinterpret previously created artworks, using new digital techniques to create innovative versions.


Rise of Community and Collective Ownership

With the emergence of communal platforms and crowdfunding processes, we predict an increase in collective ownership. People may come together to acquire shared artworks or fund the creation of new pieces, thereby fostering a sense of community and collaboration.


Art ownership is in a phase of transformation, reflecting the changes and innovations of the contemporary world. Through this examination, a vibrant, diversified, and interconnected world of art emerges. As we move towards the future, art ownership is expected to continue evolving, reflecting the changes and innovations of modern society and technology.

In this context, the notion of owning artworks may shift from possession to access to a service. Instead of physically owning artworks, we may consider access to them as our true ownership. This could change how we perceive the value of art and how we evaluate and treat it.

The ownership of artworks as a form of expressive and personal value remains significant for many people, whether they are collectors or simply enthusiasts of the objects. Owning a piece of art can represent many things, such as appreciation for the artist, a connection to the work, and the expression of personal identity.

However, the trend towards digital access to art and new distribution forms may reduce the emphasis on physical ownership of a work. People may desire more access to a wide variety of artworks through digital platforms or the experience of an active audience through exhibitions and events.

Additionally, the ability to exchange or share artworks may change how people connect with art. Instead of focusing solely on individual ownership, people can exchange works among themselves, creating a network of communal and social exchange.

One of the most prominent trends predicted for the future is the increasing digital access to art. Through online platforms and technological advancements, people can access a plethora of artworks from anywhere and at any time. This could lead to a change in our perception of ownership, as the concept of physical possession may weaken.

Beyond digital access, the trend towards community and collective ownership is also on the rise. Crowdfunding platforms and other social initiatives can allow groups of people to share ownership of an artwork, while communities can create massive collections.

Ultimately, my personal stance is that the concept of strict ownership may begin to dissolve under these new trends. It might be better to consider art as a common heritage, thereby freeing artists from the constraints of the market and encouraging social contribution and influence through art.

As we prepare for the future, let’s carefully consider the trends shaping ownership and how they can influence our experience with art in the future.

Yanni Spanudis

KROMA Magazine, Publisher

Yanni Spanudis

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