A Reflective Palace of Rainbows by Kimsooja Created in 2006 by multidisciplinary artist Kimsooja, To Breathe – A Mirror Woman was an elaborate installation at the Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, in Madrid. Originally built in the late 1880s to house a collection of flora and fauna from the Philippines, Kimsooja transformed the Palacio de Cristal into a multisensory sound and light experience. A special translucent diffraction film was used to cover the windows to create an array of naturally occurring rainbows which were in turn reflected by a mirrored surface that covered the entire floor.
Live Media: Interactive Technology and Theatre In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Theatre Topics 11.2 (2001) 107-130 [Figures] In the past century, film, radio, and video technologies gave rise to new forms of dramatic expression and a global entertainment industry. In the past decade, interactive media technologies have been producing an artistic and cultural revolution of similar, if not greater, proportions. Interactive media are giving birth to new art forms, and the practice and history of theatre has a great deal to contribute to these new forms.
Light Calligraphy by Julien Breton [25 pics] Apr 9, 2012 French artist Julien Breton aka Kaalam started calligraphy in 2001 by copying Arabic calligraphers. Self-taught, he began to incorporate long exposure photography to create incredible light paintings around the world. All of the images in this gallery were created in-camera, meaning there is no Photoshop trickery or post-production manipulation involved in creating these works of art.
Sustainably Illuminated Art - The Water Light Graffiti Installation is Responsibly Innovative The Water Light Graffiti Installation is the work of artist Antonin Fourneau. The brightly illuminated sculpture aims to leave a mark on Paris streets while addressing the important issue of light pollution. Often criticized for their use of environmentally damaging lights architects, artists and designers are reconsidering the way they illuminate structures, spaces and heavily populated urban environments. This sustainable art piece was created by Antonin during his residency at Paris' Digitalarti Artlab.
The Company The Company NYC, Brooklyn - Bring To Light Festival Commissioned by Bring To Light Festival NYC The Company is a sound reactive light installation, a collaboration with designer Roland Ellis A suspended surface of 76 tungsten lamps form a catenary arch, playing host to live performances and revisiting the sounds of the 19th century East River industrial icons.
Digital Drama: The technology transforming theatre "Vidiots, they sometimes call us," admits Timothy Bird. Some people in the theatre industry don't take kindly to the innovations that Mr Bird and his team at Knifedge are introducing to the stage. Innovations like a computer-generated avatar sword-fighting an actor live on stage in his most recent show Pippin, transporting the audience to the world of a computer game. Or the sight of a Seurat painting gradually coming to life on stage in Sunday in the Park with George, the show which cemented Knifedge's reputation with an Olivier award for Best Set Design in 2007. Impressive feats like these by Mr Bird and others like him have meant that in the last five years the role of "video designer" has become increasingly common in theatrical programme credits - a term hardly known a decade ago. So who are these "vidiots", and what do they want to do to theatre?
Google Is Looking For The Next Breakthrough Digital Artist For Major New "DevArt" Exhibit Fancy having your digital artwork exhibited in front of millions? Google is on the hunt for an undiscovered talent to be part of a major exhibition of digital art at the Barbican in London this summer. Google’s exhibition, called "DevArt," will feature digital installations by three renowned interactive artists and one as-yet-undiscovered artist. The Google digital art showcase will sit within the Barbican’s Digital Revolution exhibition--touted as the biggest exploration of digital creativity ever to be staged in the U.K.
When theatre goes digital - The Space When we think about theatre and digital technology, what usually springs to mind is live screening. Broadcasting live performance online or direct to cinema or TV screens is a fantastic way of broadening access, but it doesn’t usually have much of an impact on the work itself. It doesn’t really affect audience engagement either – you’re still just watching the show, whether in a theatre, a cinema, or on a smartphone from a caravan in the Scottish Highlands. More and more companies, however, are engaging with digital technology in increasingly inventive ways, putting it at the very core of what they do and pushing the boundaries of audience experience as a result. When director Alexander Devriendt of the Belgian theatre company Ontroerend Goed came up with the idea for Fight Night (pictured above), a show about democracy and the act of voting, he “immediately felt that the audience have to be part of it. They have to feel connected, to be a player really.”
Water Calligraphy Device by Nicholas Hanna Beijing Design Week 2011: a tricycle modified by Canadian artist Nicholas Hanna mimics the Chinese custom of writing temporary messages on the road with water. A computer strapped to the handlebars of the Water Calligraphy Device allows the rider to type the Chinese characters they wish to spell out. These characters are transmitted electronically to a set of valves, which release water droplets in programmed patterns as the trike moves forward. Two large containers positioned at the back of the device store the water. The project was inspired by water calligraphy practiced in parks around China, where passages of poetry are spelled out on the ground for onlookers. Hanna unveiled the tricycle for Beijing Design Week, which begins on 28 September and finishes on 3 October.
Photographer puts paint on a speaker, blasts loud music, and snaps the results What does music look like? Certainly not a bunch of notes and lines like we previously believed. Actually it looks more like a 3D Jackson Pollock painting. The images of multi-coloured globs of paint are from the man they call the ‘3D Jackson Pollock’, artist Martin Klimas.
Interactive theatre: five rules of play from an audience perspective Interactive theatre is not a new genre, but its popularity has exploded. Tricky to define but characterised by an active, physical relationship between audience and production, it often incorporates a site-specific venue around which the audience is free to roam. Shunt, arguably the daddy of this genre, has inspired countless other companies, all wrestling for space on the fringe. Done well, interactive theatre is extraordinary: engaging, exhilarating and transcendent. All too often, however, so-called 'interactive' shows are sloppy and ineffective. They feel loose – anarchic even – when they actually demand a rigorous approach. Ghostly Watercolor and Ink Cats Bleeding into the Canvas Serbian artist Endre Penovác renders fluffy felines with stark black watercolors and ink. Penovác heavily dilutes the pigments with water creating small rivers and splotches that perfectly mimic the texture of fur. You can see more of these on his website and over on Miss Moss.
See A Classic "Painting" That's Actually A Spellbinding CGI Masterpiece While a digital gallery could never fully replicate the experience of walking through an art museum, some computer-generated art has the same capacity to provoke awe. Take for example Zsolt Ekho Farkas's 3-D rendering of the 19th-century painting, Budavár Visszavétele. Observing this CGI masterstroke on your laptop is bound to stir up as much wonder as something you'd find hanging in a hushed room somewhere. The stunning three-and-a-half minute video above reveals the incredible detail in Farkas's re-creation of Benczúr Gyula's painting--and also transcends it. The video itself is a living painting, using subtle camera movements to let the viewers take in the true depth of field each figure in it possesses. Unlike the recent paintings we've seen with added movement, all that really moves here are tendrils of smoke that further clarify the spatial texture.