17th Feb2021

How Technology Has Transformed the Art World

by James Smith

Art has always been something people appreciate no matter what era. From as early as the stone age, people have created one form of art or the other to convey some information or express creativity. It doesn’t matter which field you are from or what you are interested in; you will always stop by to look at a good painting. As time has passed, technology has improved. And so has art. Many people had come together to blend visual art and technology, which had led to the digitalization of pictures. There was no turning back from that point. This has opened a new world for artists. Now they can express their innovation in a way that no one thought was possible 50 years ago. So, today we are going to discuss how technology has changed the world.

Tool for creating art

With the introduction of digital painting methods, artists have got their hands on something other than brush and canvas. The introduction of graphical tablets, tabs, and drawing tools like Apple Pencil has opened a new world and opportunities for artists. Thanks to multiple features of the drawing tools, you can make more precise and advanced drawings than you could not with a mouse. Graphical tablets come with features like pressure sensitivity and eraser tools to let you rectify any of your mistakes. You can use the software to create visual effects like motion blur, oil paint effects. You also get a chance to use a variety of brushes using a single stylus.

Software like Photoshop and Premiere Pro has made editing photos and videos easier than ever before. This has reduced the time taken to create an advanced form of art, thus allowing more productivity. They have also led to the creation of 3D graphical art to make your masterpiece more realistic.

Science as an art

Besides creating art, technology itself has become an art. They have led to a dynamic form of art that is unique to every person. A great example where science has itself become an art is DNA portraits. An amazing form of art, DNA portraits take your DNA to create art that is subtly unique for you. It requires a sample of your DNA, which can be procured by rubbing a swab inside your cheek, so it is totally painless.

Then the unusual DNA sequence that is unique only to you is selectively replicated. After that, using a process called gel electrophoresis, your DNA is separated by size. After passing UV light through the DNA sample, a digital camera is used to capture the photo, which becomes your personal DNA portrait that you can customize any way you, a consumer, want.

Another method is art using lasers. Visitors walk through smoke and colored laser beams creating structures and drawings with light that changes when some other visitor walks through it. With the correct coordination, a group of people can walk together to create a more complex and precise form of art.

Expand access to art

Previously, art was inaccessible to everyone. It was not easy to get a job in galleries. Canvas paintings were expensive, so not everyone could own them. Also, not everywhere has an art gallery to start with. But thanks to the introduction of the internet and the concept of “Global Village,” these problems do not exist anymore. Social media has become a platform for artists to create and present their own work, helping them become self-dependent. With a new platform, they can sell their own creations or make paintings according to their customer who is sitting on the other side
of the world.

Buying paintings has also become easier and cheaper. With the introduction of digital art, the cost of materials has reduced, and now prices of a painting can go as low as a few bucks, and still, the creator makes a profit. When it comes to buying expensive paintings, you can buy shares for a piece of art; thus, you can own a piece of art without investing much. Thanks to the introduction of websites like Pinterest, you can see any art you want from any part of the world with just one tap. Thanks to the contribution of artists, the inventory has become so large that you will see new creations every day.

Help people learn and enjoy art

Sometimes you need to learn more about the art to get the true beauty and essence of the art. It was not possible initially as it took time and expert training was not available everywhere. Times have changed. Nowadays, people can learn more about art anywhere and everywhere. All they need is to download an app and press a button. In addition to that, learning has become much easier thanks to interactive voice assistants and live animation to demonstrate stuff.

Museums also use bots that act as virtual tour guides containing maps, videos, and audio tours. This helps in dedicating a bot for each visitor to make them understand the art better and answer their queries.

Help people understand how they experience art

Sometimes you won’t even know what kind of art you like. Has it ever happened to you that you saw a painting that you liked a lot, but you cannot find more of the same type as you cannot describe it? Well, technology to your rescue. Some museums are using the method of gathering biometric data to show you exactly what you want. They gather data like your eye movement and heartbeat to understand what kind of paintings you have liked and show you more of that. This saves you the effort of browsing through a lot of materials by showing you exactly what you want. They also suggest newer types of paintings to broaden your tastes.

As time will go, technology will improve, so will art. There is no more a gap between the world of tech and art enthusiasts as both have come together to create something beyond imagination.
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