Today’s world is a complex web of information, communication, and transportation technologies that shape our lives and change our perceptions. Artists are now trying to understand the present and envision the future through the lens of technology. The toolkits of artists were enlarged from conventional raw materials like charcoal and paint to the new and ever-changing domain of electronic technology as a result of digital art. With the spread of this situation with the digitalized world, people began to appreciate elaborate and profound artworks made utilizing digital technology only in the last decade, and digital art began to acquire recognition and appeal (Srivastava, 2019). Because of its distinctive quality, depth, and impact, illustrations, animations, 2D and 3D art, and other digital creative forms are gaining in popularity.
With digital art gaining traction, there are now museums and galleries dedicated specifically to presenting its various forms. Some are three-dimensional graphic works designed to be viewed on a screen, with multimedia projection added to the mix. On a deeper level, a wonderful synergy between art, math, science, and technology has enabled this groundbreaking merger of art, computers, and design.
Reviving Memories: Alkazar’s Dream
What would the ancient Alkazar Cinema’s dream be if it had one? It is one of Istanbul’s most historically significant buildings, and it has innumerable memories in its memory. At HOPE Alkazar, Refik Anadol’s two-part project Alkazar Dream, which employs artificial neural networks and cutting-edge AI technology, interacts with the audience.
Culture is the past that makes us who we are. Art is to live the day with the inspiration we get from it, to add vision by producing new thoughts and new approaches, and to reveal the approaches that appeal to us.
In this piece, which Refik Anadol characterizes as “interactive artificial intelligence cinema,” he forged a link between Alkazar Cinema’s rich past and future. By trying something that has never been tried combined the newest artificial intelligence technology with imagery from over 100 Yesilcam films. Motion detectors and tracking devices detect visitors’ movements; artificial intelligence creates new and dynamic shapes in real-time, of which each visitor becomes a part of the experience.
Thus, from my own experience in Alkazar’s Dream; a digital art emerges that incorporates personal experience. This project, which is not just about looking and watching, opens new doors to its audience with the developing technology.
Witnessing Art History: X Media Art Museum by DasDas
Da Vinci’s inventions, machine drawings, and sketches were used as a database in the exhibition. It began with his drawings and finished with his three-dimensional modeling. The exhibition also features the data and outputs of great art history works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Botticelli (Arslanoğlu, 2019). This exhibition attempts to create new links between the real and digital worlds while reimagining the future of art by using digital data as paint and algorithms as brushes.
Witnessing the stage of making masterpieces of art history, this exhibition offers its audience the experience of witnessing a historical moment. The most important reason why the audience can experience this moment is that the art is performed digitally. The journey that started from the Renaissance period ends with NASA and CERN data, allowing the audience to witness history.
The audience becomes a part of the event with this exhibition, which demonstrates that the globe has changed and is moving to a new dimension. As someone who has been to this exhibition, it’s a physically and emotionally draining procedure. We explored the relationship between art and science via experience with this exhibition, which mixes cultural and artistic history with data.
Art began with a stone and a brush, proceeded with a camera, and today divides, expands, and attracts with the help of many technological possibilities and instruments. Art is being kneaded with technology these days, and it is surprising.
With digital art’s increasing popularity, it’s reasonable to assume that this style of art is on the increase. Because digital art makes use of digital technology and the more the technology advances, the more digital art flourishes. More digital art forms will be developed in the near future, and more digital artists will be born and regarded as among the best and most valued artists of the next generation.
Now Is the Time for Digital Art
So, where will this new meaningful whole, created by lines and colors with artificial intelligence, go in the coming days? I’m looking forward to see.
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