Where Technology Meets Art, New Experiences and Techniques are Abound

Posted on October 5, 2017

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In many ways, the history of art can be told through the technologies that have changed the ways that artists express themselves. With the modern advances in this field taking place, we are starting to see art and technology come together like no other time in history. Artists not only have access to devices and techniques that provide new ways to make art, but also cross platform development for these outlets provides the artist with ways that they can create unique experiences that invite human interaction.


The Petting Zoo

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The Petting Zoo exhibit from the experimental architecture and design studio Minimaforms offers one of the best examples of how art and technology can merge to create an immersive interactive experience.

At this petting zoo, you aren’t interacting with real animals. Instead, you have long tubes that display animal-like behavior. The tubes have a range of sensors that help them to interact with people based on feedback like sound, sight and touch.

These robotic animals can seem nervous in some situations, affectionate in others, or they might seem playful. And it all depends on the activity of the humans that are in the installation.

3D Art from Laser-Cut Paper

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The artist and Associate Professor at Virginia Tech, Eric Standley, utilizes technology to create three-dimensional designs using paper. Taking inspiration from Islamic and Gothic architecture, Standley’s designs often resemble stained glass windows, but they are much more intricate.

His process involves drawing a series of 2D layers that will map onto each other to create one 3D piece of art. He uses lasers controlled by vector-based software to cut each individual piece of paper, with many of his creations having well over 100 components.


Treachery of the Sanctuary

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Digital artist Chris Milk uses technology to create a digital triptych that tells a story of birth, death, and transfiguration. The display consists of three 30-foot high screens that hang from the ceiling.

As the viewer approaches the first screen, a digital rendering of their shadow appears on the screen, only to dissolve into a flock of birds. At the second screen, the birds peck at and consume the viewer’s shadow. At the third, the shadow gets a set of wings.


Art from Air Pollution

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Moscow-based media artist Dmitry Morozov has found an ingenious way to turn air pollution into art. He built a portable device that uses sensors to detect a variety of different types of air pollution. As the device detects different types of pollution at different levels, it translates that information into volts. It then uses an algorithm to translate the volts into different colors and shapes to create a visual display of the pollution that is in the air.


Light Echoes

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Most people have seen a laser show at some point. But with Light Echoes, you have an art project that brings the use of lasers to a whole new level.

For this project, digital artist Aaron Koblin partnered with the interactive director Ben Tricklebank to capture images created by lasers that were mounted on a rig at the top of a slow-moving train. Using the lasers, they projected things like geometric designs, lines of poetry, and topographical maps. It is one of the most unique uses of lasers in art, and the resulting photographs are truly stunning.


Interactive Art with Lasers

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Assemblance is a digital art display from the London-based collective Umbrellium. With this project, visitors are encouraged to make structures and designs using lasers.

This offers an interesting interactive element to the art, and the experience can be enhanced by collaborating with other people. While you can make art on your own, the structures tend to be less resilient. When you make something with other people, you can make structures that are more complex and more resistant to disruption.

Words by Jenn Ryan, Scully Labs