As University of North Dakota professors and guest editors Sharon Carson and Tim Pasch put it: "We decided to try an experiment of sorts with this issue: We asked a number of our colleagues at the University of North Dakota to respond to the question 'What is Digital Art?' We specifically welcomed work that was interdisciplinary, hybrid in form and method, and regional, national and international in scope. We asked our contributors to think about the aesthetic, social, political and cultural dimensions of Digital Art, to critique the category itself, and to write for a wide audience of interested readers. We were open to a broadly inclusive definition of art for this project."
The result is a special issue of NDQ that includes contributions from scholars and artists who are working digitally across a wide range of projects and across several disciplines: literary criticism, physics, performance art, audio documentary, music, languages, graphic design, computer science, letterpress, visual art, history, anthropology, archeology and communication theory.
The editors also tried something new for North Dakota Quarterly: a digital extension of the paper journal, accomplished via a QR code in the paper edition that takes readers to an online page full of digital supplements for the articles.
Said Carson and Pasch, "We offer this as a playful break with the boundaries of paper, via a digital link we have come to fondly refer to as "the bloom."