Technology: the new tools that redesign the world of Art

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12 November 2019

Technology: the new tools that redesign the world of Art

Agathe Guibé

Graphic design, photoshop, 3D software, and AR visualization, there are multiple ways nowadays to create an image, modify it and share it to the public. Our fast-moving digital society has considerably changed the way people experience with graphics and revolutionize the Art of creating! From coal and brushes to these new tech tools, contemporary artists handle perfectly the new technology to offer us Art 2.0.


Technology has for sure an impact on Art and kind of pushed the barriers of creativity by allowing artists to surpass the limit of a canvas or physical objects. The ones who were not agile with pencils or brushes are now free to express themselves using tools like iPads, design software, computers, code...

 

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David Hockney is a good example of an artist who fully embraced the transition and was able to keep expressing his creativity using modern tools. Indeed, this artist of 76 years-old famous for his oil painting, has now regained fame using his iPad as a primary tool of creativity. On his website, you can see that he now dedicates a full part of his work to digital Art only, directly created from iPhone, iPad, and computer!

 

But technology also allows artists to leave the two-dimensional Art to explore the 3D possibilities. This has been of course facilitated by the democratization of 3D printing technology.

For example, this artist Eyal Gever who creates imaginative digital environments on his computer, before translating these environments into physical space through 3D printing.


"I’ve simply used the latest technology to develop a new language for my art."
Eyal Gever

eyal gever.jpegSphere Pop (2015) by Eyal Gever

 


But I think one of my favorite innovations enabled by technology in the world of Art is Augmented Reality. In a previous article, we mentioned how Apple was offering to its users an interactive walk in few cities in the world by displaying modern Art through AR, just like an open-air virtual exhibit.


But what a surprised when I discovered that an artist, Amir Baradaran, transformed one of the most famous paintings in the world... the Mona Lisa!


Indeed, Amir Baradaran infiltrated the Louvre Museum to permanently install a 52-second performance streaming live over the Mona Lisa of Leonardo da Vinci. Through his AR Art performance "Frenchising Mona Lisa", Amir seeks to provoke notions of national identity, iconography and curatorial practices within museums.

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Frenchising Mona Lisa, Amir Baradaran

 

If some are concerned by the fact that Art created through technology is not "authentic" anymore, I think that technology is an incredible tool that allowed many new artists to express themselves and share their talent.

In the end, Art is not something that should remain static, it has always evolved together with our society so why should we limit it to the border of a canvas?


Others might think that artists use technology only to copy or transform renowned masterpieces.I think that the real Art is the one able to transmit a message.

So let's keep our eyes open and let's experiment!

 

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