Hybridity involves itself in the pattern of embrace, rejection, and further a more nuanced understanding of the two things combined in association. They are reflected in art either by celebrating, questioning or recongnizing it as something that is ultimately and always hybrid. “A hybrid means something of mixed origin or composition that adds variety or complexity to a system”, by blurring boundaries, breaking rules, and creating, hybrids artists very much occupy themselves with making new meaning in art. This new freedom allows more opportunities for artists to express their unique ideas and concepts. Nowadays, our very own sense of self is created by the mixture of many identities, just like how media art is made and composed of, we are both collectors and creators of newness that come into this world, by which we see that hybridity is “destablizing but also regenerative” (art & today). By mixing different art mediums together, one can create diametrically new meaning that could be both personal and ecological. For example movies these days require skills for film editing and smooth story telling/editing, lighting effects, voice readjuctment, soundtracks, and props. A movie production is the experience combining all kinds of media forms, in creation of something that is utterly new and never been seen before (or at least that was the intention). In this case, movies are an exanple of hybrid media form. “How does a newness come into the world? How is it born? Of what fusions, translations, conjoinings is it made? How does it survive, extreme and dangerous as it is?” (Salman Rushdie). Through this question we see and explore hybridity from a number of perspectives, observing it in others, embracing it ourselves.
The ever expanding notion of hybridity and its influence in visual art lets us infiltrate various cultures, mimicking their lifestyle and have the world enter into a hybrid masquerade that continue to renegotiate borders to ensure the very idea of stability and purity which is nothing more than a conforting myth, that ultimately prevents us from moving beyond the confines of artistic perception.
Art and today: the rise of the Hybrid self