Last week I went along to a private view at the Rook & Raven Gallery to see how artists have taken to the newest developments in digital technology. Yes we all know that John Lewis have a phenomenal range of TV’s, but they’ve also been pondering a deeper question – will the future of art be digital? To explore this question they commissioned a selection of contemporary and diverse digital artists spanning across design, illustration, animation and digital art to showcase original pieces of video art on the latest ultra high definition televisions.
Above is Nazareno Crea‘s reinvention of the TV test cards animated and set to its own soundtrack. Below is Kim Asendorf’s Gos City . A captivating flight through a virtual city created from buildings from all over the world for Google Earth and available as open source on Google Warehouse.
Its a great idea; an unloved blank screen is a ready made canvas waiting to be used. We have been a little ashamed of the black box, interior designers and furniture makers have gone to great lengths to hide it; but in reality as one of the most used electrical items in the house; why hide it? Use it creatively. Once it was a huge lumpy box now is a sleek screen with huge potential. I’m not advocating leaving it on all the time; but as technology becomes smarter it will be easy to create a screen that comes on when you’re in and display something wonderful. And you can change your work of art without going to the framers and banging another nail in the wall.
Above is Paolo Ceric’s Flow a mesmerising piece that shows the power of combined motions of small particles. Shown on a Panasonic Viera 55′ HD LED 3D Smart TV; the BLS backlighting (another tech innovation!) means the eye receives more precise information on the moving object to perceive the whole image more sharply and smoothly.
Samsung’s OLED TV’s use a technology I first saw a few years back in Milan and I’d only associated it with lighting. Now this ultra slim technology has been used to create super, sorry Ultra High definition TVs, in whats being described as the biggest change in televisions since we moved from black and white.
Doug Foster’s Twisted Crystals shown on Samsung KE 55″ S9 OLED TV demonstrates the amazing range of colour and depth of field created by the dazzling new technology. 30% richer than traditional LED TV’s the colour bursts out from the screen. Doug’s film was made using rotating crystalline materials in front of a controllable light source – a stylised representation of what LED is.
Some of the prices of the TV’s are dazzling too but we all know how technology prices slip – gradually! The Samsung 85″ S9 4K Ultra HD LED 3D Smart TV is a cool £35,000 (we can dream) and with the points you’d get on your John Lewis card you’d be on your way to getting the Samsung 55″ F8000 Ultra HD LED 3D Smart TV at a more manageable £2,299.
Luca Agnani created Van Gogh Shadow a 3D animation of an original Van Gogh painting ‘Yellow House’ -so you don’t always have to have contemporary taste to put art onto your TV
Its important to remember that my camera isn’t High Definition and all of the works in the exhibition moved. Have a look at my instagram feed for a couple of movies! Inkie’s The Road to Amorpha was incredibly 3D without any glasses!