New York
, 14. April 2017
Art 2.0 - Pixel instead of Brush

Virtual Body

Where once colour application and brushwork were of interest, today there are GIF files, encryption codes and ASCII. Since a long time, art has not only been developed analogously and with brush strokes. However, digital art also changes the self-perception and the representation of corpuses. About digital art and its possibilities:

x-working Virtual Body - When art changes from analog to digital and pixels substitute brushes
Virtual Body - When art changes from analog to digital and pixels substitute brushes

When data becomes art
You remember a view through the kaleidoscope: the ornament-like structures sometimes look geometric, sometimes floral and never stand still. Here, an electrically generated hum of a didgeridoos sounds. Nevertheless, what the viewer sees are transformed hormone levels of newborns. Data are beeing transformed into animated graphics by the help of algorithmic methods. It was the idea of the artist Huang Siying: "Everyone has a different hormonal level at birth. The data I work with comes from an Internet database. Using the algorithm, I can generate an infinite number of forms. In addition, you can hear this archaic sound of didgeridoos. I would like to try to bring together the pain and the vitality of the birth process in my art”, so the artist in a German radio interview.

However, this is just one example that illustrates the possibilities of digital form language. As the father of digital art, one acclaims the American artist Laurence Gartel. As early as the end of the 1970s, he photographed a video, edited it and shooted the result again as a photo. Digital art was born.

Famous are the Pamela Anderson works by the New York painter Mark Napier. A Venus 2.0. He created a Venus 2.0 with Internet pictures of her. This was made possible by a software developed by him, with which the individual body parts of the sex icon were compiled based on Internet pictures.

The NRW-Forum Düsseldorf also presented an exhibition on the topic virtual body last year. It is certain that our personal perception and the presentation of the bodies has become a different one thanks to digital form language and its various possibilities. It remains exciting where digital art will lead us.

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