18 Jun, 2020
rt has always been a part of human history: whether as a form of communication or for aesthetic purposes, it has always been present, helping describe the history of people in different periods and eras.
Art is synonymous with innovation. It was because of art that the primitive man's mastery of metal became known. Art also showed advances in construction techniques and architecture.
It is possible to observe the evolution of chemistry when analyzing the products used to paint, for example. Nowadays, art is partnering up with cutting-edge digital technologies.
The innovation in art now means being able to create expression beyond the solid form. Art has become increasingly interactive, and that has changed art exhibitions, by including music mixes, videos, lighting and many other digital elements.
The evolution of art
Art has accompanied human beings since its beginning. Even in prehistory, man created paintings and sculptures with what he had in his hands. Using basic materials, such as clay and stone, even before the metal age, art recorded and managed to explain how the oldest civilizations lived.
Advancing some years, art in the Old Age presents great innovations compared to its ancestors. A major milestone in this phase was the creation of writing. With this, a new form of art was developed: literature.
In addition, man began to use his body, along with writing, to create art, theater and music. Great architectural landmarks were born at that time, such as the Pyramids of Giza, in Egypt, and the Coliseum, in Italy, which show great technological advances for the time.
Medieval art lasted a thousand years. Gothic architecture is one of the great symbols of those years, where art registered the strength of Christianity in society. Stained glass windows and paintings inside the churches show the importance of religion for people then, who relied strongly on faith and belief. The history of architecture, in the form of monumental buildings, was recorded in a detailed and rich way in the beautiful basilicas and cathedrals.
Between 1350 and 1850, art in the modern age changed a lot. Religion started to be replaced by science. The conception of man and the universe was the great dilemma of those years. Big names in art emerged at the time, such as Shakespeare, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Bernini, Mozart and Beethoven.
Finally, the period of contemporary art begins, which is still present today. Realism, impressionism, modernism are some of the styles that mark this period. Art is more free, and there is even some interaction between the public during the process of creating art, and technological devices appear to allow different artistic expressions. Digital Technology permits a greater interaction of the most diverse arts, such as music, architecture, design, drama, visual arts, and many others.
The new moment of art
The use of digital technology marks a new moment in art. The number of tools that artists have available to use in the creative process today are numerous, and these tools also influence the experience of those who appreciate the works, generating interaction.
Many even imagined that technology could harm the works of the artists and also the perception of the public, while in fact the use of digital technology has become a new way of experiencing art as a whole.
In addition to the use of digital technology in the creation process and appreciation of artworks, these tools have also been very useful in the matter of access. Today it is already possible, for example, to visit the Louvre, the great and famous museum in Paris, without being in France. How? By taking part in a virtual tour! Click here to try it!
The new digital technologies end up reframing even more the artists' affections. They are encouraged to reinvent themselves in their works and expand the possibility of the public's experience with their art.
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Who are the artists who make art with technology?
The world is made of changes! Nothing is ever like it was the day before, nor will it be the same the day after. Artists have always understood this, and today, more than ever, many have embraced the new, making it the main fuel for creation.
Digital technologies are just an example of a new thing that is being embraced and which is resulting in interactive, incredible works.
Learn more on the list below, which shows 05 artists which make art by using technological devices. Most of the artists we've selected for this piece are Brazilian, and some of the links below may be in Portuguese!
Muti Randolph (click to meet the artist)
Muti Randolph is a Brazilian artist. He studied visual communication and industrial design at PUC in Rio de Janeiro and started his career as a graphic designer.
Today he is one of the pioneers in digital art in the country. Muti stood out a lot in installations and architectural projects, for his ability to create 3D art in these environments. In addition, his works connect time and space through interactive music and video, using custom software and hardware. Find here an example of what the artist can do.
His works are present in the most relevant publications in architecture, art and design. Their main differential is to relate time and space, through the interaction of music and video, using adapted software and hardware.
Henrique Roscoe (click to meet the artist)
Henrique Roscoe is not just a digital artist: he is also a musician and curator. He graduated in social communication and electronic engineering, specialized in design and works since 2004 in audiovisual.
With the HOL project, which is a generative audiovisual conceptual work, Henrique performed at several digital art festivals, both in Brazil and abroad. In addition, Henrique is one of the creators of the Digital Art Festival, which has been taking place in Belo Horizonte since 2007. His art is interactive and uses sensors and everyday objects.
Lucas Bambozzi (click to meet the artist)
Lucas Bambozzi is a multimedia artist based in São Paulo, Brazil. His works are made up of pieces that deal with media in various formats. His portfolio includes installations, media interventions, music videos, site-specific installations, short films and interactive projects.
His works have been shown in individual and group exhibitions in more than 40 countries, and he has won many awards. In addition, Lucas holds a doctorate from USP and is a professor in the visual arts course at FAAP. Click here to see some works by the artist.
Fernando Velázquez (click to meet the artist)
Visual artist Fernando Velázquez is Uruguayan, but lives and works in São Paulo. His creations combine technology and other forms of media, such as drawing, photography, painting and videos.
His works tend to be interactive and include videos, objects, performances, while also joining images generated by algorithms. Fernando's differential is that his art encompasses other areas of knowledge. Usually, he crosses art with science, philosophy and visual anthropology. See here some works by the artist.
Leandro Mendes (click to meet the artist)
Also known as VJ Vigas, visual artist Leandro Mendes uses light to create his drawings. The artist from Santa Catarina, Brazil, started his performances still while in college, in 2003.
The artist himself says that his canvas is urban architecture, because his work is projected onto city buildings. Leandro has accumulated several national and international awards and is one of the biggest names in videomapping in the country. Click here to see some of the artist's works.
Art and technology go hand in hand and, for a long time, this relationship influenced painting, writing, architecture. Time passes and the transformations in art accompany these changes. People who appreciate art benefit from all this, and in this moment are able to experience art that, through digital technology, has become more accessible and interactive.
Being prepared for the future is essential for museums and arts centers. Several artists make use of the most modern and technological devices and techniques today, as you've seen above by learning about some of the artists who have explored the resources of digital technology.
Embracing the new is what makes humanity always reinvent itself and expand its creative and innovative potential.