Technology has revolutionized nearly every aspect of our lives, and the world of art is no exception. From digital art to virtual reality installations, technology has opened up new possibilities for artists and viewers alike. As technology continues to advance, the intersection of technology and art has become increasingly blurred, with many artists incorporating cutting-edge technologies into their work. In this blog, we will explore the ways in which technology is changing the art world and transforming the creative process. Join us as we delve into the world of tech art and discover the exciting possibilities that emerge when art and technology collide.
1. Digital Revolution
This digital art exhibition, described in the Times UK as the “landmark show,” has incorporated diverse digital art forms and gathered all of these groundbreaking art projects within an art gallery, exposing intricate connections among them. Visitors were able to experience profound feelings during this highly-engaging and immersive digital art environment. They used digital images and technological tools to create memorable interactions with the exhibited art and installation programs. The purpose of this artistic event was to celebrate “the transformation of art through technology” by gathering the most significant authors in various digital art genres. Visitors were able to see and enjoy the works and installations of Bjork, Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin, or Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and more.
2. Chris Milk
He was one of the most prominent digital artists who participated in the Digital Revolution exhibition with his interactive and highly popular project Treachery of the Sanctuary. Here, the artist used the interaction between spectators and digital birds on panels to explore the agony and ecstasy of a creative process.
The installation is based on three screens that rise above a black, reflective pool. Visitors stand in front of the first screen and watch as their shadow disintegrates into a flock of flying birds. Then they move to the next screen where they can observe the same birds pecking the remnants of their shadow. The final screen shows how the birds form into wings that visitors can move by waving their arms.
Apart from this magnificent, highly-interactive, engaging digital art project, Milk started an ongoing art project as an homage to legendary Johnny Cash. The idea is that everyone interested creates a portrait of the “man in black,” and their piece of art will be incorporated into a massive portrait with other people’s artwork.
3. Light Echoes
This is the name of a fascinating digital art project that came as a result of a joint, creative effort of Aaron Koblin and Ben Tricklebank. They used a giant laser beam projector that they placed on the roof of a train moving through California. Then they projected various materials, including pieces of poetry, onto the starry night sky and the scenery. These projections left visible “echoes” on the trails, and they were captured by a long exposure. This resulted in an extraordinary multimedia experience that inspires sincere reactions in audiences.
4. Eric Standley
Eric Standley, an artist and professor of studio art at Virginia Tech uses advanced technology to create stained glass windows out of laser-cut paper. He discovered that multiple layers of laser-cut paper provide a certain depth and three-dimensional effect to his artwork, which mesmerizes him and challenges him to create more intricate designs. The entire creative process starts with complex drawings that Eric then prints out and cuts with a laser. He then layers up the sheets of paper to create the envisioned work of art.
As opposed to many, Standley does not use technology to be more efficient or to alleviate the process of creating art. He stated that he enjoys using this art medium because technology is helping him widen his artistic vision and create more complex pieces.
5. Yayoi Kusama
We decided to finish this list of outstanding digital artists and projects with an homage to a woman who impacted many fields of art during a long and versatile artistic career spanning well over half a century. Yayoi Kusama experienced severe traumas as a child that incited hallucinations like flashes of colorful light or an array of dots before her eyes. Because of her traumatic childhood and early life, she started experiencing obsessive-compulsive episodes she could not control. She creates art that painfully reflects the troubles she has gone through, and her work has made her audience sympathize with her.
One of her most poignant art installations are the “Infinity Mirror” rooms. These cube-shaped rooms covered in mirrors with water on the floors and only faint flickering light presented a contrast between life and death. Visitors are then transferred to another space of quiet and pulsating light where she could control their perception of light and darkness. Some experts stated that this was the artist’s way of coping with the fact that she couldn’t control many things in her life.