Showcase on TRT World

Thrilled to be a part of Showcase, the arts program on TRT World television on 14 November, with thanks to Belle Lupton.  Watch me again here, speaking about the effects of technology on art. 

Congratulations to winners of the Lumen Prize

Sally Sheinman, number 215 My continued inability to understand most of the rest of the human race! inspired by Keith H On Lin
Sally Sheinman, What Makes You, You? number 215 My continued inability to understand most of the rest of the human race! inspired by Keith H On Lin

Congratulations to 2014 Lumen Art Prize winners Andy Lomas (Gold award for Cellular Forms) and Sally Sheinman (Founders Prize for What Makes You, You?), both outstanding artists who featured in my BCS column last year.  The Prize is a major international competition with 800 submissions from 45 countries.  The vast array of different styles and approaches which this prize attracts demonstrates the vibrancy of contemporary technological art.  Exhibitions will be taking place around the globe this year, check it out.

Antony Gormley uses the iPad

Art Everywhere 2014 –

Anthony Gormley, Feeling Material, courtesy of Art Everywhere 2014
Antony Gormley, Feeling Material, courtesy of Art Everywhere 2014

the people who put posters in public places around city centres of famous art works (voted for by the public), have commissioned Antony Gormley to produce this drawing.  Created by the artist using the stylus in one continuous motion on an iPad, Gormley says, “I’ve never drawn on an iPad before and was thinking should I draw on a blackened piece of glass? Then I thought this is really stupid, we’ve got this extraordinary facility that everybody knows about [..] so why don’t I give it a try?”

I think the end result is really quite fun. Only time will tell if this marks a new direction for this veteran of the British art establishment. Antony Gormley tells me that for several years he’s been using the digital as tools – all his sculptures start ‘life’ in the computer. 3D scans of his body facilitates manipulation of forms digitally, giving countless permutations and allowing valuable feedback. He also uses 3D printers. A new way of approaching the maquette?

You can see the work, which also consists of the animation of its creation, on digital screens nationwide including Piccadilly Circus & Manchester’s Trafford Centre, supported by the The Art Fund. Downloads and limited edition prints are available.

Digital Opera

Martin Rieser and Andrew Hugill, still from Secret Garden, Opera/Ballet, iPad screen, 2013.  Copyright the artists, reproduced with permission.
Martin Rieser and Andrew Hugill, still from Secret Garden, Opera/Ballet, iPad screen, 2013. Copyright the artists, reproduced with permission.

Digital Opera is emerging as a new art form and our BCS image this month is a still fromSecret Garden, the world’s first opera and ballet created for the iPad by media artist Professor Martin Rieser from his original poems, set to music by composer Professor Andrew Hugill.  It aims to recreate a contemporary interactive version of the Eden myth in an urban environment through a virtual reality amalgam of animation, poetry and sound.  Full article here: http://www.bcs.org/content/conWebDoc/52341