I’m not looking to get into the old “Art vs. Science” debate. Firstly, I don’t believe I could ever offer a new or original thought on the subject, but mostly because I don’t believe it’s an either or proposition. One can never be superior to the other and even better, technology is increasingly used in the creation of art.
A short while ago, I attended Art Chicago and NEXT, the latter being the more experimental of the two showcases. Sure there were a lot of pieces that utilized the obvious — video clips, lighting, photographic elements. There were lots that were commentary on technology, and there were pieces that merged the two.
Like Brian Dettmer’s skeleton of melted and twisted cassette tapes.
And this piece of cardboard speakers painted white in a pile (apologies to the Artist, whose name I couldn’t get thanks to the performance artist who kept getting in the way)…
But even better is this, a collaboration between between Yves Behar and Samsung. An LED light installation at the just opened Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. It doesn’t look like much in the photo, but it mesmerizes in person.