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Artistic Expression Redefining its Role in Society

Interactive experiences as a form of artistic expression.

Art is a term that’s hard to define. Arguably, there’s even art in mathematical equations. Art could be the feeling you receive when you experience an odd sensation walking into a spiderweb. Ultimately, art has as many definitions as there are people to define it. In the past few years, art has merged with technology. Artistic expression has experienced a resurgence in creativity, ease of access, and as a result, it has redefined its role in society.

Here are three ways that art has fused with technology. They will leave you stunned and frantically searching for more. If anything listed below strikes a chord with you, be sure to follow that feeling. You might just create the next great work in that category.

3 Ways that Artistic Expression Has Fused with Technology 

Interactive Experiences

Interactive experiences as a form of artistic expression.

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Interactive experiences are redefining what it means to assess the controller/viewer relationship in art. This form of art escapes the definition of ‘video game,’ because the ‘game’ part isn’t the point of it. Art such as ‘Dear Esther‘ is the perfect example of an interactive experience. During this walking simulator through the Scottish Hebridean islands, you are read the morose letters of a man addressing an unknown ‘Esther.’ It brings an evocative and poetical telling of a story that couldn’t be expressed through any other medium. Poetry, voice acting, and graphical fidelity merge into an experience that is unforgettable and demands you define it for yourself. There are countless more examples of these interactive experiences, and each new release pushes the boat further out in the experimental sea of possibility.

Interactive Sculpture

Sculpture art as a form of artistic expression.

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Art forms such as PlayArt are influenced by a philosophical questioning of what art actually is. It creates fascinating objects to ‘play’ with that behave in ways you might not initially expect. Often framed as children’s toys, play art is much more than that. It stimulates logical reasoning, abstract thinking, and much like a striking art piece, makes you question your response to it.

Virtual Reality 

Virtual reality as a form of artistic expression.

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Virtual reality is becoming more popular each year. Thanks to inventions like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, it has never been easier or cheaper to enter the digital space in three dimensions. Programs like Tilt Brush exist to help you make use of the possibilities of this new medium. Tilt Brush operates much like a three-dimensional canvas you can interact with and influence through your artistic expression. For example, you can paint a tree and sit under it. This is unparalleled in the history of art and teases exciting possibilities for the future.

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