Traditionally, we tend to think about art and technology as vastly different concepts. Tech is cold, mechanical, scientific, while art is creative, intuitive, and so on. Tech-savvy people are logical, factual, with left-brain dominance, artists are emotional and imaginative with right-brain dominance.
Despite being thought of as separate, technology and art are more closely connected than we may think. Each brings something new and exciting to the other, and each helps to transform the other. Take a look at a few ways that technology has changed the art world.
Introduction of Virtual Art Galleries
Nothing can compare to the experience of going to your favorite art gallery or museum and getting lost in every magnificent exhibit. You completely forget about the world and get immersed in the art.
Unfortunately, though, with the ongoing pandemic and social distancing measures, many of us have gone months without visiting galleries and museums. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them from home.
Thanks to new tech, virtual reality, and digital solutions, you can visit your favorite gallery or museum remotely. Explore your local artist’s most recent work via smartphone, visit an out-of-town exhibition or even “travel” to a world-class museum from the comfort of your home.
Digital Tour Guides
Of course, digital technologies have entered art galleries and museums long before the pandemic. More galleries worldwide have started introducing digital tour guides and educational apps that allow you to explore the art in person without flocking around a human guide and struggling to hear what they’re saying.
With the help of a simple app, you can wander around learning about different exhibits at your own pace. You can learn about the artists behind the art, the time periods during which they were created, and more. Many digital tour guides have even improved their accessibility so that those hard of hearing or with visual impairments can enjoy the exhibits just like anyone else.
We can’t talk about the interconnectedness of technology and art without mentioning the wonders of digital art! Thanks to new tech, artists can find unique new ways to create intricate, detailed pieces that can’t but draw you in.
Digital art has many types and subtypes. We have the digital (or raster) paintings that are virtually indistinguishable from traditional ones – you can see the “brush” strokes and the “pressure” of the paintbrush. We have 3D modeling and sculpting, photo bashing, isometric art, and many more fantastic digital art examples.
Custom Tools and Stencils
Perhaps one of the most impressive ways that technology impacts art is through custom tools and stencils. With the help of 3D printing technology, artists can create any unique tool necessary for their masterpieces. With a simple software solution, they can digitally create custom stencils and print them out in seconds. The options are limitless.
Technology and art have always been intertwined, but never to such an extent as today. New technology is presenting exciting opportunities for artists, allowing them to play around and innovate with ease. It’s bringing us closer to art and opening a world of possibilities.