Time and again art has gone through multiple revolutions. From impressionism to cubism – painters have never ceased to conduct experiments with art. The latest revolution in art and design comes hand in hand with digitization. When all other verticals in life are being digitized in the contemporary world, why should the sphere of art be left behind? After all, art is just a representation of life. Digital revolution, digital archaeology – researchers have named this new phenomenon in multiple ways. It’s high time to take a look at how technology is shaping, or rather, reshaping the world of art and design. Let’s dive in:
The new age digital revolution in design comes with the tool of laser. It has long been used as the brush stroke in digital art. Artists are radically experimenting with this feature. One of the examples includes the exhibition of Assemblance in a London show. It encourages the visitors to create various structures and floor maps with the help of smoke and laser colour beams.
The art strikes a deeper note other than technological experiment. When people work on their own, their structure becomes more fragile and if anyone bumps into it, it can fall apart. On the other hand, if more people create a structure together, say by holding hands, the structure becomes more resilient.
The artist working behind this is Eric Standley – the professor at the university of Virginia Tech. Here he creates a stained glass window, but the interesting part is that it is precisely cut with a laser. He starts with a simple design but then it develops an intricate shape with the form of a 3D version.
Would you believe if we say that one of his windows consists of over 100 laser cut paper sheets stacked one upon the other. The artist himself remarks that the motivation behind this design was his intention to make a complex design.
Do you believe that even pollution can be beautiful? Well, that’s the power of technology and art. Russian artist named Dmitry Morozov created such a design. How? We’ll explain. He first developed a device with a small plastic nose. It uses a sensor that can measure multiple pollutants like methane, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and other pollutants like dust.
The sensor can transform the data into a computer programming called Arduino technology, It then translates the volts into varied colours and shapes. That way it produces a series of pollution. The device, developed by Morozov grabs all the images from the series and prints it. The irony is that the dirtier the air becomes, the image turns out to be even brighter. Isn’t it amazing to see how smoke and exhausted fume can look extremely vibrant!
Bird – the usher of inspiration
Inspiration rules it all. What about portraying the inspiration itself? How do you imagine inspiration? Go on, share your thoughts with us. We would love to hear.
Let’s talk about how Chris Milk – a renowned video artist imagines inspiration. He develops an idea called the Treachery of the Sanctuary. He portrays the interactions of some digital birds. The artist installs a giant triptych. The visitors can stand in the front row of the screen. Now, reflection of each visitor will fall on the screen and it will seem like a flying bird. Multiple reflections of many visitors will create the portrayal of a flock of birds.
According to the artist, this represents the precise moment of creative inspiration. The entire series goes on to elaborate multiple moments of creative spirit with several types of reflections. Each reflection creates a different image and conveys a distinct message.
By now you may think that it’s quite common to project a laser light on the dark sky or a stationary wall. Now, the digital artists are on a look out to create something unique. This inspiration spurs an interactive director named Ben Tricklebank and the digital artist named Aaron Koblin to execute the concept of Light Echoes. Last year, they managed to mount a laser on a crane top. With the help of a topographical map, moving train images, and even some poetic lines – they created a new visual form of “echo” on the train track. Sounds fascinating? It sure is!
This is an abstract artwork designed at the wall of the Barlin gallery. Here the artists Vertwalker, Julian Adenauer, and Michael Haas made use of a climbing robot Vertwalker to create an intricate design.
Gone are the days when art and engineering could be identified as separate domains. However the aforementioned examples explain how the line between the duo is merging into a whole and art is prevailing all.