VOICES PUSHPESH PANT G PARTHASARATHY ANAND NEELAKANTAN RAVI SHANKAR GAUTAM CHINTAMANI SADHGURU JAGGI VASUDEV THE NEW SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE BUFFET PEOPLE WELLNESS BOOKS FOOD ART & CULTURE ENTERTAINMENT FEBRUARY 10 2019 SUNDAY PAGES 12 Ankur Patar Art in the Pixel Age Brisbane He was tasked by Adobe to entirely recreate Rembrandt’s missing 17th century magnum opus The Storm on the Sea of Galilee (right) “A digital artist approaches art the same way a traditional artist does, but on a computer.” Technology is changing the way artists experiment with different mediums. The increase in demand for digital art in India by galleries and collectors has spurred artists to pursue a different path. By MEDHA DUTTA YADAV & DOLLY RAJ SHEKHAR YADAV Baiju Parthan Mumbai One of the few Indian artists who uses lenticular printing extensively in his creations. It involves using lenticular lenses to produce printed images with an illusion of depth, so that they appear different when they are viewed from diverse angles. “Technology is just a tool like any other.” Ashok Ahuja Delhi An author and a filmmaker, Ahuja is the kind of artist who is comfortable in several mediums of expression “Limitations force you to be creative.” showcasing significant video work of eight Southeast Asian artists such as Anita Dube’s ‘Kissa-e-Noor Mohammed’, Jitish Kallat’s ‘Forensic Trail of the Grand Banquet’, Mithu Sen’s ‘Icarus’, Pushpmala N’s ‘Rashtriy Kheer & Desiy Salad’, Ranbir Kaleka’s ‘Man with Cockerel-2’, Raqs Media Collective’s ‘Strikes at Time’, Sonia Khurana’s ‘Head-hand’ and Surekha’s ‘Line of Control’. That is not all. With its second appearance at the India Art Fair, Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) is also seeking to create fresh ways of looking at art and hopes to interact with a younger audience. It aims to look at how digital technologies enhance the experience of a museum visit, says associate director Nathaniel Gaskell. Google is known to partner with cultural institutions to help digitise their collections. Simon Rein, Programme Manager at Google Arts & Culture, says, “ technology becomes As more and more ingrained into everyday life, it also seems to become a more natural part of the creation of art. But digitisation is only the first step. You also need to think about how you bring what has been digitised to people in a way that is fast, engaging and insightful.” Google interestingly has a mobile app that helps selfie lovers take an ‘ rt Selfie’. “You take a A picture of yourself, and the app matches your features with the portraits from various museum collections. You can share the results with your friends, but more importantly you can also learn more about the , portraits,” Rein says, and adds, “Or think about Augmented Reality There . are only 36 paintings by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, and they have never been brought together in one place. The app presents a virtual museum in Augmented Reality that brings these 36 masterpieces together for the very first time.” At the ongoing Kochi-Muziris Biennale, artist Michelle Poonawalla opened her multi-media installation titled ‘Introspection’. The installation takes the audience through a sensory journey that starts with sound, using fragments of audio clips from the news combined with ambient sounds, which transition into a dramatic 360-degree Turn to page 2 A shok Ahuja discovered the aesthetical possibilities of a personal computer in 1985 when the obsession with emails and websites was yet to catch on. The Delhi-based digital artist, who moved on to his first notebook in 1991, picked up a digital camera in 1998. Finally an A3 printer followed in 2002, after which he procured several other tools to chase his , pixel passion. Today at 67, Ahuja believes digitisation is the most natural way to express himself. “Limitations force you to be creative. I am an artist. Improvising is my second nature,” he smiles. New York-based artist Chitra Ganesh began to unlock the mysteries of art software by herself in 2001. Now at 43 years of age, she uses the computer to plot her art on both video and canvas. Inspired by the graffiti on the NYC subway and streets, large-scale figurative sculptures in and around temples and heritage monuments and hand-painted Bollywood posters of the 1980s, her practice now includes several rounds of storyboarding and editing while giving primary consideration to camera movement and angles on how to best integrate multiple visual vocabularies into one frame. The world of art has undergone a paradigm shift and digital art has got its place in the sun. Some time back, Puducherry hosted a month-long digital art exhibition. ‘The Life Cycle of an Idea’ was held by The Gentleman’s Enterprise, a Chennai-based company owned by art connoisseur Bipin JG. How different is digital art from other kinds of art? Bipin says, “ Any art work that requires digital technology as a part of the creative process is digital art. It is vast and entails everything from animation, digital painting, 3D-printed sculptures, video art, digital photography to participatory art etc. It could even be a mixed-media masterpiece, made by combining various digital techniques.” What started in 1966 with an initiative named ‘Experiments in Art and Technology’ in New York that paired artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage and Yvonne Rainer with engineers from Bell Laboratories, has evolved into a new genre—travelling from Andy Warhol and culminating with Banksy In India . it came to the forefront with established painters such as Anjolie Ela Menon, who experimented with the medium long before the rest of the artists’ community in the country caught up. Menon would print out her works and superimpose them on furniture or layer them with extra colours, thereby creating a Brave New Canvas altogether. Says the grande dame of art in India, “I did this at a time when computers were unheard of. People had no clue to what digital meant.” Soon, Menon was followed by Kolkata’s eccentric genius Suvaprasan- na and of course, the very versatile Atul Dodiya. The Mumbai-based Dodiya says, “I was never one to stick to a single style. I believe artists should allow themselves to create freely rather than be bound by a particular style.” The journey that started in the 1990s in India with Menon has now surged ahead and boomed into a much-recognised and appreciated form. The 11th edition of the annual India Art Fair saw ‘The Art Projects’, a tent with experimental large-scale projects and interactive experiences. Introduced last year, The Art Projects’ space is still a work in progress, believes director of the fair, Jagdip Jagpal. “The stress is on interactive works and showcasing some of the art forms that don’t often get as much attention, such as sound installation and video works,” she says. One of the works is an immersive, sound installation titled ‘Change Room’ by Delhi-based visual artist Baaraan Ijlal—a constellation of audio recordings of anonymous voices confessing intimate thoughts. The art fair also witnessed German photographer Thomas Ruff showing his brand new work created using photographic negatives. The Shalini Passi Art Foundation presented a dedicated video art booth on-site titled ‘Conundrums: Video Art from India’, Chitra Ganesh New York Inspired by the graffiti on the NYC subway, large-scale figurative sculpture in and around heritage monuments, and the hand-painted Bollywood posters of the 1980s. “Digital art is all about self-teaching.”
Express Publications (Madurai) Limited publishes the prestigious English language newspaper The New Indian Express from 21 centres in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Orissa.
Express Publications (Madurai) Ltd. also publishes the Tamil daily Dinamani, Cinema Express (Tamil) and Malayalam Vaarika (Malayalam). Through a sister company, Kannada Prabha Publications Ltd., it publishes the Kannada daily Kannada Prabha.
This volume has been archived. It is available to read on request only.
You are logged-in with following email:
We have sent the confirmation email
You will receive the acknowledgement with link to read this volume in your email shortly.