Five artists talk about the exciting new world of digital art

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“I started drawing very early, like before I could speak, and made my first recognizable figures when I was 1.5. I had a solo art exhibition when I was 5 , which was on the national news. I was very good in math and science, so I attended a high school for gifted children, where I represented my country in the Chemistry Olympics. I must say that there was also a socio-cultural push towards not being an artist, and the adults around me kept telling me that I would ruin my academic brilliance if I stayed in the arts. At 18, I decided to studying architecture would be the best thing for me because it is a discipline where art, science and technology converge. I think because I have studied so many different things over the years and I ive been exposed to so many influences, my style kept changing. But one thing remained the same: my passion for drawing in as a thought-form.

“I call my approach infra-disciplinary, as in below/beyond disciplines. It’s a time when many disciplines are mixing, and we have fields of study, such as neuroeconomics, ethnochoreology, psycholinguistics, and so on. “Working at the intersection” involves being open to knowledge from multiple sources and always keeping your antenna on. Specifically with projects that involve the biological sciences, I try to follow the latest publications on the subject and initiate correspondence with laboratories and scientists. It is a way of gathering knowledge about knowledge, of harmonizing it, of tracing its contours and of thinking: How can I convey all of this in a meaningful and accessible way to audiences who may or may not already be familiar with these topics? In a way, it’s science communication, yes, but I’m more interested in sculpting artistic experiences of high intellectual quality and emotional substance.

“I draw and sculpt by hand, and there’s a part of me that hates having to sculpt on a flat surface (think Wacom tablet). I’m so much better off when I’m not restricted by the limitations of computer interfaces. Ultimately, the human body is more complicated and superior technology than digital technology. Nothing can replace the feeling of working directly with materials and surfaces. However, digital technology helps with distribution, scaling, reproduction and modification. So both have their pros and cons. The history of art is parallel to the history of humanity; humans have always created artifacts and always made artistic gestures. It doesn’t surprise me that we’re turning to technology right now because it’s what dominates our culture, our bodies and our minds. What really intrigues me about modern technology is that what looks like a work of art right now can become someone’s reality tomorrow. Art opens the imagination, allows to imagine new worlds, new experiences, new cultures.

“There is a common belief that art is about the self and is an expression of the self. I want to think that art is much more than self-expression. It is high time we realized how crucial art is to our survival and created effective support networks for creativity, imagination and artistic production.

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