Savannah, GA: Digital Art Theories and Historic Cobblestone

Everyone should take a mini getaway; they are good for the mind. A detox from the norm is always a good idea, and I took a mini-break from my norm by heading down to Savannah, GA. The last time I was in Savannah, I was a Girl Scout around the age of 12/13. We did the typical Girl Scout adventures, such as visit the First Girl Scouts Headquarters. However, that wasn't the highlight of that trip. I vividly remember taking a canoe ride with the alligators. I'm a daredevil, so this was an amazing activity for me. I believe I mentioned that little fact in my "Let Me Reintroduce Self" blog post

My point is that it's a good idea to revisit those childhood vacation spots with a mature perspective. I must admit, I didn't indulge in many "museum things" on this trip. I visited one museum! That's it, just one. This trip was a gift to my mental space versus an adventure.

The one museum I did visit deserves this post—specifically, the digital exhibit by Caribbean artist David Gumbs at the Telfair Museums. Digital art has made its mark in the last year or so. I love the philosophical debate that born-digital artwork creates. I remember reading the New York Times article on the digital artwork sold for nearly 70 million dollars this year. The article enticed a hot debate on the idea of owning something tangible. As I sat on the bench and observed the colorful abstract figures on the walls, I couldn't help but think of the future of born-digital art. What happens when the technology that is used to store and create this work becomes obsolete? Will born-digital art survive? What do you think?

I must also give recognition to the historic cobblestone on River Street. The land plot upon which General James Oglethorpe built Savannah was a burial ground for Native tribes in the surrounding area. Many enslaved people who survived the Middle Passage arrived in Savannah were stored in warehouses on River Street. I couldn't help but think of the many enslaved people that walked the streets. Whenever a cool breeze caressed my skin, I felt it was the hands of my ancestors, letting me know that they are always with me to provide protection. Wow! I just got deep on you guys.


Overall, my trip to Savannah was appreciated. I did a lot of good eating and took lots of pictures of the beautiful scenery. 


What mini getaways do you have planned this year? 


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