Technology and the arts

Many are those who believe technology will some day replace traditional art tools such as brushes, chisels and even the canvas. These people often feel threatened by what the new forms of producing art may bring.

I personally do not share that idea. I have great respect for artists who use technology to expand their artistic concepts, enlarging the scope of their work. This is why I decided to write a series of posts on the subject.

I went to Inhotim again last weekend to check out the new pavilions and art works on display at the museum. One that really caught my attention was the piece done by Canadian artist Janet Cardiff and her partner George Miller.

The murder of Crows is an installation built in a way that the viewer can actually feel the space so that s/he experiences the voices and sounds of the piece in an expanded fashion.

The Murder of Crows

According to them,

(…) ‘The Murder of Crows’, continues Cardiff Miller’s explorations in creating sculptural and physical sound. Ninety-eight audio speakers are mounted around the space on stands, chairs and the wall creating a minimalist flocking of speakers. The structure of the piece tries to mirror that of the illogical but connected juxtapositions that we experience in the dream world. One soundscape moves into another with an electronic dreamscape composition shifting into sound effects such as factory noises, crashing waves or birds wings and then into a guitar and strings composition then into a choir sequence and marching band.

Without technology, these effects would not be possible. Integrating different senses in the appreciation of one piece is quite hard to think without the use of modern tools. They create a more thorough feel to the work which definitely adds something exciting to the world of the arts.

Adding is the word, not subtracting.


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