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Modern art uses nature and technology to mix things up and shake them all about

Modern art uses nature and technology to mix things up and shake them all about

Art to Admire in the Digital Era

You may remember our blog about amazing 3D pavement art?  Well, we offer two further examples of mind-boggling physical art this week as a sign of how human ingenuity, creativity and sheer skill can still draw admiring audiences.

Exhibit One: Sculptures Morph Into Interactive Mobiles As Art Goes Very Hi-Tech

We all know what morph means nowadays but in the context of this particular art, it stands for Mobile Reconfigurable Polyhedra.

These are usually metal structures in public places that may look like a ‘modernist jungle gym’ according to Liz Stinson who described them on Wired magazine last year.

She explained:‘It’s not a playground, at least, not really. Rather, this geometric form is a moving piece of architecture that responds to both you and its surroundings like a stray animal might. This strange reality, a time when the structures around us act less like traditional buildings and more like living, thinking organisms, isn’t too far away. In fact, if all goes according to William Bondin’s plan, this could be the case as soon as 2015.’

William Bondin is an architect based in Malta who is developing work in which ‘we can create playful, responsive architecture that does more than just sit in a fixed position.’ These morphs, these ‘crawling, geometric structures are inspired by the slime mould Physarum polycephalum, an organism whose cognitive processes is based on its surrounding environment as opposed to being contained in a centralized brain like humans.’

It has learned to exploit its surroundings to perform ‘navigational tasks and memory-related processes.’

Exhibit Two: Anamorphic Illusions Grab Viewers

Ben Heine is a Belgian multidisciplinary artist now famous for a variety of experimental projects that push at the boundaries of visual art.
He is also known as a political artist with some of his earlier, more cartoon-like works making telling points.

Perhaps the most well-known now are his ‘Pencil vs Camera’ works, initiated in 2010. He explains it on his website: ‘It mixes drawing and photography, imagination and reality.’

The series is the result of a ‘long graphic exploration and a logic consequence of his personal artistic development.’

He integrates an inventive hand-made drawing in front of a realistic background. There are several methods to achieve the same effect. Heine’s hand is always clearly visible; it represents the close connection between the viewer, the artist and the artwork.

The site goes on: ‘The drawing is either in black and white on white paper or in colour on black paper, while the photo is often very colourful, this amplifies the contrast between the two mediums. In this series, Ben likes to focus on people’s life, portraits, nature, animals, architecture… Among others, the main themes approached in “Pencil Vs Camera” are: Love, Freedom, After Life, Friendship and Nature.’

Ben says: “I just make art for people. I want them to dream and forget their daily troubles. I used to write poems many years ago, I want to convey a poetic and philosophical meaning into my pictures, each new creation should tell a story and generate an intense emotion, like a poem, like a melody”.

Ben Heine images

Other arty image blogs:

Time-Lapse Photography Is a Form of Time Travel Accessible to All, 20 November 2013

The Photo Album Has Had Its Day and Is Now Only Good for History, 30 July 2013

Creative Arts On the Brain, Quite Literally, 18 June 2013

Film Is Perhaps the Most Changed Technology of Them All, 22 May 2013

Forward to the Past as Polaroids Make a Comeback, 25 March 2013

Internet Memes Are Sometimes Fun with a Satirical, Serious Purpose, 25 September 2012

Image: Kobaooka