Mixing Conventional Art & Technology

July 23, 2013 at 10:20 am | Posted in Conventional Art | Leave a comment
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John MaedaTechnology

Art is well known for having no boundaries, and in today’s world that could mean just about anything.  From classic watercolor painting, and charcoal drawings to art mixed with modern technology.  Yes, technology has enabled art to go to a whole new and exciting level.  It’s as if technology has taken all of the genres of art and enabled them to blend together to create something amazing in and of itself.  It’s creating a whole new vocabulary within the art world of how we define different media.

I would say that if it wasn’t for the computer, my art wouldn’t be known because my art is so linked to it. It’s how it’s defined. I made art with the computer, writing computer programs. I made things that could morph and change and if it wasn’t for the Internet maybe a thousand people would know about it. Or like when I walk into MOMA, and that work I made as I sat on the second floor of my flat in Tokyo on a small ironing board with my Macintosh and between my legs I’m typing or whatever. Sat with a fan because it’s very hot in Japan, the little piece of code I made is living in a museum now. I find that very odd, interesting, very fortunate, very lucky. ~Artist and President of Rhode Island School of Design, John Maeda

(Source:  http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/technology-changing-art).

John Maeda is a world-renowned artist, graphic designer, computer scientist and educator whose career reflects his philosophy of humanizing technology. For more than a decade, he has worked to synthesize technology, education and the arts into a 21st-century model for creativity and innovation.   So, we can  thank technology for connecting us with amazing art, that we may or may not have even gotten the chance to experience without it.  But, what about technology being a part of creating art?  John Maeda thinks that the computer itself is a form of art media in it’s own right.

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Most of us have been to art shows and museums in our lifetime, for school, on a date, with family, but let’s face it…it probably wasn’t much “fun”.  We tend to think of them as quiet, and you’d get in trouble for touching anything.  Now, technology is changing that.  New art-technology is allowing visitors to actually interact with the art to create a more personalized experience.

The Cleveland Museum of Art, for example, is another one of the innovators of mixing art and technology.  They have several interactive technologies and also offer visitors the option of bringing or renting an iPad for guided tours.  One of the coolest parts is a 40-foot interactive wall that has thousands of images for visitors to “like” on their iPads.  They also use the iPads to create personalized maps to follow according to their personal preferences.  Using the iPads also allows visitors to  click on individual aspects of the art they are viewing and learn all the little details.  Technology has now made art easier to connect with, and made museums more fun.

Another way that art and technology are together creating great things, is through choreography.  A professor at Purdue University has been working on an experiment that involved motion picture technology to create dance choreography during a performance recently.  The visual and performing arts professor, Carol Cunningham, teamed with the technology department to create an amazing multi-disciplinary performance.   She calls the performance, “100d11A0N1C00E1”, and during the performance  five dancers interact with an onstage environment of abstract images and shadows. Computer technology is being used to capture the dancers’ movement, animate it and project it onto three large screens.

This is a new method of problem solving for me that inspires a world of choreographic possibilities, I wanted to see if I could find a way to choreograph an abstract figure, generated from a human body, to communicate emotions. I’m also interested in designing interesting spatial and rhythmic relationships between humans and computers.  ~Carol Cunningham

(Source: http://www.purdue.edu/uns/html4ever/030421.Cunningham.vpa.html)


Basically, because of modern technology there are so many new avenues of art opening up and in my opinion, it’s making it a whole lot more fun and interesting!

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