While old school forms of art, from Renaissance Age-esque paintings and sculptures to the street art and murals designed to send messages, might imply that art is a tech-free industry, this belief couldn’t be further than the truth. With the development of 3-D printers, laser printers, and even code-generated paintings, the world of illustrations, painting, sculpting, grafting, and all things creative has become interwoven with the world of technology. As the age of digital artists blossoms, the inventive and innovative are finding more and more ways to integrate music, machinery, and mobility with art, to turn exhibits, like those listed below, into full-blown experiences. These 10 fascinating pieces are the best technology-inspired art that 2019 has to offer. Dive into a world where coding meets color!
1. Starry Night Exhibition By Culturespaces
(By Culturespaces: E. Spiller, Source)
In 2019, private art collective Culturespaces took a very literal approach in “bringing to life” Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous painting, Starry Night. In this fantastical exhibition, artistic director Gianfranco Iannuzzi used nothing less than state-of-the-art technology to make visitors feel as though they had walked straight into the painting. The space was filled with 140 strategically placed laser video projectors and 50 speakers to make the experience wholly immersive
2. Awaken 1 by Breakfast
This wondrous piece was brought to the world by BREAKFAST, an art organization based out of New York that creates interactive art installments. In their 2019 exhibit named Awaken 1, they built a wall using mirrored Brixels, a brick-shaped physical “pixel” that can rotate in any direction. This piece made use of science, engineering, and 168 Brixels to create a wall that would move along with any motions made in front of it. In the above video, watch as Awaken 1 turns the air into a canvas.
3. Generated Photos by Icons8
Do these faces look familiar? Well, they shouldn’t! Icons8 is a company that specializes in software for designs, photography, and many other forms of artistic expression. Their latest jump to genius can be seen in their 2019 creation, a platform they named Generated Photos. This platform uses artificial intelligence (AI) to digitally generate faces that look unquestionably real. Generated Photos as a software and a platform is the next level of portraiture, capturing every single nuance of human detail perfectly in over 100,000 different generated faces. It is also a much needed new innovation in the world of royalty-free photos.
4. Alternatives by Esplen Kluge
(By Espen Kluge, Source)
Alternatives is a series by renowned Norwegian artist, who has also raised the bar on colorful and abstract portraiture. While code-generated art is known for its creation of fluid but firm geometric shapes, Esplen Kluge takes its intended uses further than ever before and creates stunning portraits with this technology. A photo is fed into the algorithm designed by this artist, which then renders the portrait using pixels and vector-based patterns, drawing lines between the dimensions and resulting in the unique designs you see above.