March 11, 2016

Technology Trends: Art Industry

Over the past few decades, art and technology have become more intertwined than ever before, whether through providing new ways to mix different types of media, equipping artists with new tools and materials, or taking the process of design and creation from an art studio to a computer lab. Many modern artists are now drawing inspiration from science and technology; however, critics of digital art remain skeptical about technology as a medium for creative expression.

In this “Technology Trends” post, we explore the impact of digital advancement on the art industry and look at how technology is reshaping what art is and how it’s produced.

Art for Instagram’s Sake – The Atlantic

Many museums and exhibition halls are now opening their doors to more modern, digitally enhanced artwork that incorporates LED lights, crystal screens, computer sensors, 3D printing, and other innovative technology. These kinds of big, bold, spectacular works often provide fantastic photo opportunities and attract a lot of attention. With the promotional power of social media, art objects and installations that easily translate into showy Instagram pictures help museums bring in more visitors and buyers. But the trend toward digitalized artwork has its critics who wonder whether smartphone photography and sensationalist works really constitute a “proper” way to experience art.

Can A Computer Write Poetry? – TED Talk

If you feel moved by a poem, but then find out it was written by a computer, would you feel differently about the experience? Do you think it’s possible for a computer to express itself creatively, or is creativity purely a human capability? In this talk, writer Oscar Schwartz explores how our reaction to the idea of a computer writing poetry helps us understand what it means to be human.

5 Ways Film-Making Is Evolving Thanks To New Technology – The Guardian

Rapid technological advancement and the opportunities brought about by the digital age have revolutionized the film-making industry. Virtual reality offers cinematography exciting possibilities as a dynamic new storytelling medium. 3D printing allows production designers to print and assemble entire movie sets. New communication software has drastically improved the collaborative workflow, allowing a movie director to work with a production team in Los Angeles while shooting a film in London.

Cyber Archaeologists Rebuild Destroyed Artifacts – NPR

Hundreds of ancient artifacts and historic sites have been ruined during violence in the Middle East, including the Mosul Museum in Iraq. Today, a number of digitally savvy academics, artists, and preservationists worldwide are working together under “Project Mosul” to help preserve the memory of lost cultural heritage through digital restoration. Project Mosul is a collaborative website that solicits photographs of antiquities and uses 3D modeling software to create a virtual record of what was lost in the attack on the Mosul Museum. So far, more than 2,600 images have been uploaded to the website, and volunteers have logged more than 100,000 work sessions matching photographs to lost objects and running them through modeling software to create digital reconstructions.

7 Contemporary Artists Who Are Engaging With Tech Culture In New Ways – The Huffington Post

What does art look like when technical innovations are as common as paintbrushes and chisels? This article will introduce you to the work of seven contemporary painters, sculptors, and photographers who are exploring centuries-old art forms through the lens of modern technology.