Art and Technology

Episode 245 · March 18th, 2023 · 41 mins 39 secs

About this Episode

As artists, many of us honor the age-old tradition of creating our work with nothing more than our hands, a few tools, and materials that have stood the test of time. Yet we also live in a high-tech world, and that impacts all of us. How artists view technology ranges from a necessary evil to a full embrace of its creative possibilities. But we should all understand that technology itself is not a new factor in making art. Today we’ll look at some of the ways technology has been used over time in art and ways to think about it in our current world.

Dealing with technology can feel daunting and unnatural to the way you approach your work or it may be something you embrace enthusiastically. But it impacts all of us in life as well as in art. For artists, technology represents an intersection of scientific knowledge and creative output. It means knowledge that expands the known boundaries of what can be done in the name of creativity.

But thinking of technology as something only relevant to artists today does not consider the long history of technical advances that aid in creative production. A good example is the use of the camera obscura during the Renaissance by artists like Leonardo da Vinci to understand and depict perspective in painting. In addition, there have been countless advances in art materials, tools, and equipment that make our creative lives more expansive today.

Many artists today embrace new forms of technology in their work, including digital media, 3-D printing, and Artificial Intelligence. Yet traditional forms of art in which we see the hand of the artist will always have human appeal, and it's important to not feel pushed into technology to feel your art is relevant. But whatever approach is right for you, being open to the changes in art that result from technology, being curious and appreciative of its place in the flow of art ideas over time is important.

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