When we think of tech, we think of the more robotic, impersonal side. Autonomous software and steel gray machines fill our minds, but there is so much more to the picture. Technology is changing the way that we live our lives and complete our daily tasks, but it's also manifesting in the rise of new art forms and creativity. Art is no longer reduced to various mediums; it's now an expression of the dreams of the human mind paired with the potential of technological innovation.
Art is an ever-changing thing in itself, much like technology. Artists are constantly on the lookout for what's new, including methods of expression. Just look at Andy Warhol with his silk-screening, and Yayoi Kusama's use of LED lights amongst mirrored walls and ceilings. For these two artists (as well as countless others), it is the use of innovation and creativity that gives birth to new art forms.
It goes without saying that technology has a broad reach in the art community. Whether tech brings art to life or the tech is the art itself, the two intertwined forces are changing the future of fine arts for good. Here are 5 ways technology is working with creativity to bring about new art forms:
3D Printed Art
The 3d printer is a hot topic amongst many different industries. From medical communities to construction builders, 3d printing is an attention-grabbing work of tech with the potential to change assembly as we know it. With art, the same principles apply, but this time in the form of creativity.
Sculptures, self-portraits, 3d replicas... You name it, 3d printing does it. One of the most breath-taking uses of 3d printing in art happened just this past year when Van Gogh enthusiasts Rob and Nick Carter 3d printed an image of Van Gogh's famous sunflowers. Although the pair can't take credit for the actual sculpture, they can still admire the image in the new art form of 3d sculpture printing.
By now, most people have heard of graphic design in one way or another. Graphic design is art programmed and executed on computer software. It can be used for projects ranging from logo design to full-blown art projects and murals.
Typically, graphic design incorporates some type of typography within an image. The artist will use imagery, colors, and words to convey a message to viewers. For over a century now, graphic design has remained an important aspect of artistic creation, and the expansion of technology is breathing new life into this tech-centric medium.
Laser cutting allows for some of the most precise and detailed forms of art possible. With the incredible accuracy of lasers, virtually any design can come to life on a variety of surfaces. Artists are using wood, metal, and textiles to display their intricate and tech-forward designs.
Another popular use of lasers in art is laser beams. With hundreds of shades to choose from, laser beams are used as new art forms that can change at the drop of a hat (or new programming, to be exact). One of the most impressive examples of laser beam art hails from Seoul, South Korea. Visual artists Kimchi and Chip constructed their laser beam light show titled Light Barrier. Using hundreds of beams at various heights, their art experience creates imagery that is completely subjective to viewers.
Laser beams are being used as a form of immersive art in exhibits across the world
Virtual Reality Art
Virtual reality is a huge buzzword at the moment. Its technology is used for everything from entertainment to medical treatments to employee training, and now for artistic expression.
When it comes to art, most artists aim to provoke emotions from their viewers. Because of this, art is often considered to be an experience to behold, which is what makes virtual reality a new art form that speaks to the masses.
But, not all virtual reality art is completely computerized. Often times, artists use a physical form of art that stands within a space. Then, using virtual technology, they create a bridge between the physical and virtual realms, bringing art to life. Many art enthusiasts are calling virtual reality the art of the future.
Another front-runner in the quest for immersive art forms is interactive art. Heavily focused on tech, these art installations use lights, sounds, textures, touch, and digital illusions to create an experience unlike any other. By doing so, viewers find themselves within the art spectacle, not just viewing it from the outside-in. Viewers are encouraged to take part in the experience as actors in an unscripted play; they themselves are living, moving aspects of the art.
There are a handful of museums and exhibitions showcasing interactive art around the world. Viewers from near and far are showing great admiration for this new art form, and some argue that it is giving rise to a new age of art appreciation.
The union of technology and creativity is a much-needed beacon of hope in the modern world. Globally, we are still experiencing episodes of division. Whether it's beliefs, race, or gender, the gaps are still there and as divisive as ever. In the midst of this division, we need to focus on what we all have in common. Everyone can appreciate a beautiful piece of art, or a life-changing experience from interactive exhibitions, something that art and technology working together can offer us.
Art is one of the best ways to bring unity to people across the world - even more so with technology
Through the use of new art forms and technology, we can hopefully conjure up a new technology and artistic renaissance. With the ever-changing influence of technology, we will expand into a new territory of art previously unknown to humankind. From this, art and technology will have the power to change the future of our world; if we let them.