25.11.2017, by Rachel Sommers
An Ongoing Influence
Nowadays, more and more artists seem to incorporate technology into their art. We can even see it close to Breda: the GLOW festival in Eindhoven makes use of developments in lighting techniques and technology to create various pieces of art on buildings, trees – you name it.
Just like John Rand’s invention of the metal collapsible paint tube had a big impact on the evolution of painting (the invention made it possible for painters to create artwork outdoors), the internet, augmented reality, virtual reality, nanotechnology and other digital technologies have also been changing the ways in which we express ourselves, look at art and even create art. As a matter of fact, technology has always played an essential role in the development of art and this is still the case.
3D Print is Conquering the Art World
Let’s look at 3D printing, for example. Wieki Somers, a Dutch artist, has been using 3D printers to create sculptures, household objects and so on out of human ashes. This is not only a new way to look at art and create it, but it also is a new way in which people can express themselves. Now, it’s not only possible to incorporate human remains into things like rings or ink for tattoos, but people can also create other memorial objects which are solely made out of the ashes of their loved ones.
Another innovative manner in which 3D printers are being used is to create fashion. As already discussed by Bina Champaneria in Digital Fashion? and Digital Fashion!, modern technology has improved the industry in multiple ways and pushed it towards surviving on the global market. 3D print is part of this ongoing success in the fashion industry. In 2015, Danit Peleg, a fashion designer from Israel, graduated with her very own collection of 3D printed garments. She now has her own company and she created the first 3D printed piece of clothing that has ever been sold online. Customers are even able to design their own clothes, after which Peleg and her team print it.
Incorporating Technology to the Arts in the Future
Additionally, Kevin Caron has been using 3D printers to create jewelry, vases, sculptures and much more. According to him, it’s not only a useful technique to create the artwork itself, but also for prototyping it. It helps him to determine whether a design is proportional, whether the right colours are being used, whether the shape is perfect – well, the list continues.
Technological innovations are still expanding people’s creative horizons and altering the way in which art is perceived as well as created. Look around and you’ll find many more!