New media art is art that is made with new technologies, and new technologies are always changing. We’ve learned about many traditional art media such as painting, collage, and sculpture. The art we’ll look at this week only became possible after the inventions of new technologies such as video and computers.
Installation art often involves an entire room or gallery space as the artwork. It's sometimes called environment art. The viewer is the main part of an installation artwork, and many times the viewers walk through and around the artwork. The Installation Art in this photo is made by arranging bicycles in a large room. The art looks different as the viewer walks around and through it.
The Tate Modern Art Museum in London commissions an artist each year to create an installation art for their large Turbine Hall. For The Weather Project, an artist brought an imitation of the sun into the hall. Installation art can be either temporary or permanent. They have been constructed in museums, galleries, and public and private places.
YouTube video - The Weather Project at the Tate (45 sec.)
Installation art can use a broad range of media but many make use of new art media such as video, sound, virtual reality, and the internet. Sonia Falcone created a video installation using slender blocks, mirrors, 3D color projection and a dark room among other components.
The installation was set up so that viewers of the video installation see different colors and feel different emotions according to where they were positioned.
YouTube video - (3:48 min.)
Interactive installation art involves the viewer acting on the artwork or the artwork responding to the viewer. The Obliteration Room was an interactive installation art set up in the Tate Modern Museum in London. The installation created an entirely white room, including furnishings.
Viewers were then invited to “act on” the artwork by choosing and placing multi-colored round stickers wherever they pleased.
The viewers obliterated the whiteness of the room after they applied colored stickers person-by-person.
Artist Marc Lee created this interactive new meda art installation, 10.000 Moving Cities at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea. The viewer can enter a city in the computer and images pertaining to a search for that city appear on the 3-dimensional building models.
YouTube video - 10,000 Cities (3:40 min.)
YouTube video - Interactive New Art Media - (3:49 min.)
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Martin Creed has created his installation art called “Half the Air in a Given Space” within museums all around the world. As the title suggests, half the volume of each installation space is filled with balloons.
On Space Time Foam is an installation art by Tomas Saraceno. The inflatable transparent film was placed over 78 feet high in a Milan gallery.
The public could access the surface which made the piece seem to come alive from the people’s movement. The artist wanted to demonstrate how people’s relationships influence the earth.
Blending children’s entertainment with fine art, artists Sam Borkson and Arturo Sandoval created Rainbow City for New York City park. The interactive creation encourages everyone to play in their colorful world of Japanese inspired cartoon characters.
We’ve looked at art created with many different media and techniques all week. Now we’re going to look at some spectacular productions that are both entertainment and art. These were created by teams of technicians, designers, artists, and many workers to commemorate special events. After you watch these, you wonder what the future can hold in entertaining spectacles.
The first event is the 130th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. On May 15, 2019, the French put on an exciting light show featuring the 130 year-old tower which has become a symbol for the city of Paris.
The second big light show celebration is also from Paris. This is the New Year’s Eve projection and fireworks show they presented on the Arc de Triomphe.
The Sydney Opera House and other landmarks in the city become backdrops for Vivid Sydney. Vivid Sydney is an annual festival held in Sydney, Australia with light installations and projections and performances by musicians.
At Dubai, United Arab Emirates welcomed the new year with an amazing display of fireworks and light projections from the world's tallest building, the iconic Burj Khalifa.
Shenzhen, China celebrated their 40th anniversary with a spectacular nightly light show. 42 of the city’s skyscrapers were completely decked out in LED lights and laser lights.
This unique light production is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. The lights and figures they form are created with flying drones.
Our last is a favorite light projection and fireworks show from the U.S.A. This is a clip from the creative Happily Ever After program at Cinderella’s Castle in Walt Disney World.
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