Thursday, June 21, 2012

Art and Technology

During the late 1800's Impressionists like Monet and Pissarro set out to start a new way of expressing art like them our generation of art innovators are also finding new ways to convey art by using the digital and technological.  Artists are using different online tools to create paintings and promote the aesthetic.  Tools like inkjet-printed digital images and are adding new ways of expressing and promoting art.

In a dead economy where many are not spending much money these new forms of art provide cost efficient ways for the average consumer to enjoy and purchase art.  The latest ways of expressing art are connecting many and allowing new ventures to start as a result.  New art genres improve the quality of living in the neighborhoods where one can find them but they also improve the economy.

The Ohio State University Art and Technology Exhibitions have many talented artists doing their MFA and BFA programs showing art ranging from 3D animation to art and biology.  The New Media Robotics laboratory allows students to build robots with interactive microprocessor and computer control.  This type of technology allows the freedom to build art such as the cyborg birthing robot which can also be useful in a medical setting. 

In late November of last year Samsung displayed their Sm'art Liquid Crystal Canvases at two different art expos.  These liquid crystal canvases capture all the details from a real painting which allow users to get the gallery experience in their home.  In January 2012 the company held Samsung Art+Prize the UK's first digital media art competition which had many technology inspired contemporary artists competing for recognition. 

The Art and Technology Center known as Eyebeam is a non for profit that connects artists to new technologies and media arts.  Just as Linux uses open source to allow programmers to give and take so does Eyebeam use open dissemination through online publication, free exhibitions and participatory workshops.  The company's mission is to provide state-of-the-art-tools for digital research and experimentation.  It celebrates the hack and invites the public to share in a spirit of openness.  An example of this is the "Dead Drop" an anonymous peer to peer open network via a USB flash drive which is placed in a public space.

Art always sets the way for enlightenment and improvement.  But as the world of technology and nanotechnology takes off so does the opportunity for new artists to express themselves in new and unseen ways.  In a global society where information is king many artists can work together to proceed into a new era and genre of endless possibilities. 

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