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Did you know that the word ‘technology’ derives from the ancient Greek word for the systematic treatment of art (technē) and logic (logia)? Today, you could argue that the synthesis between art and technology is stronger than it has ever been. To prove this, here are 10 amazing ways technology is driving the evolution of art techniques. 

1. A robot that draws abstract artwork

Designed by artists Julian Adenauer and Michael Haas, the Vertwalker is a lightweight robot that can walk up and down vertical walls while using an eight colour paint pen. To date, the Vertwalker’s greatest creation was an exhibition displayed at the Saatchi Gallery called ‘Emerging Colourspace’.  Because the Vertwalker constantly overwrites its own work, any painting the robot produces is in a constant state of flux – well, that is until the batteries run out.

2. The 3D pen that lets you draw in the air

Above: The world’s smallest 3D printing pen, which started life as a Kickstarter concept. Photo from: designmilk

The pen, manufactured by LIX and available for pre-order soon, allows you to draw objects in the air by using technology similar to a 3D printer. The LIX pen uses a USB 3.0 port for its power supply, which melts and cools coloured plastic from its hot-end nozzle. After turning the LIX pen on, it takes about one minute to warm up before you can begin creating 3D illustrations in any and all shapes imaginable.

3. A device that turns pollution into art

A media artist in Moscow called Dmitry Morozov has created a device that locates air pollution before turning it into glitch art. The device creates art by translating air data into volts, which are then turned into colours and shapes algorithmically. Originally, Morozov built the device as a way of protesting against the extreme level of air pollution in Moscow. Ironically though, Morozov’s device creates more beautiful pictures when there is more pollution in the air.

4. Stained glass windows made from laser cut paper

Above: Either/Or Decreed by Eric Standley, a stained glass window made from laser cut paper. Photo from: Jon Fife

Eric Standley, an artist based in Virginia, is crafting ‘cutting edge’ art by using lasers to carve incredibly ornate stained glass windows from paper. Standley’s designs often take many months to plan and over 100 sheets of paper stacked on top of one another to create. The artist says he is inspired by the geometry found in Gothic and Islamic architecture, which is clearly evident in the design featured above.  

5. Mobile technology is allowing us to become the art

There is no question that mobile technology has changed the way people experience art. By making art available via mobile devices, everyone has the potential to access art on demand. However, the addition of wearable tech such as Google Glass and Occulus Rift are pushing these boundaries still further. For example, the Belgian art collective Skullmapping is using Oculus Rift technology to produce more immersive pieces that allow audiences to exist within their artworks. 

6. Asphyxia: A blend of dance and motion capture technology

Created by Maria Takeuchi and Frederico Phillips, Asphyxia
is a film project that explores human movement via motion capture technology.
The pair used Xbox One Kinect sensors to capture the dance moves of Shiho
Tanaka, before using that data to render some truly spectacular images of their
subject in full flow. To see images and videos of the project,
click here.

7. The street artist taking 'GIF-iti' to another level

Above: An aerosol mural by the London street artist, INSA. Photo from: Retinafunk

For those of you who are not familiar with the work of street artist INSA, now is the time to correct that injustice. INSA creates animations of his street art by painting on walls, photographing the results, re-painting the walls, re-photographing the results and then converting the pictures into amazing GIFS.

However, now INSA has taken his ‘GIF-iti’ to another level by creating the world’s largest GIF. Painted on the ground in Rio de Janeiro over four days, the GIF was created using the same technique outlined above, but the photos were taken from a satellite 431 miles above the earth.

8. Adobe Ink and Slide could help make drawing easy for everyone

Last year, Adobe launched the Ink and Slide – a stylus and ruler that integrates with a pair of iPad apps that help users draw masterpieces with comparative ease. Of course, Adobe has made software such as Photoshop that has been invaluable to professionals for years. However, with the Ink and Slide, Adobe could provide amateur digital artists with the tools to fast-track their budding talents. 

9. 3D printing is expanding the possibilities of sculpture

For sculptors who are used to working with less malleable materials, 3D printing is expanding the possibilities of their craft. This is because 3D printing allows sculptors to work with a complex level of nuance, quicker and easier than they can when using conventional methods. These six sculptures produced using 3D printing illustrate the potential of this relatively new technology for producing spectacular art work. 

10. Interactive art that defies the laws of physics

Above: The Rain Room, an art installation that made the impossible, possible – with the help of technology. Photo from: DJ Ecal

The London-based art studio Random International recently wowed visitors at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) with their interactive installation, Rain Room. With the help of technology, visitors could walk through a room of pouring rain without being hit by one single raindrop. The installation worked by using a 3D camera and sensors that stopped and restarted the rain around each visitor as they moved through the installation.

Want to own a painting that blends art with technology? Simply visit The Gallery, and then use the search tool on the right to find a variety of artists that are using modern methods to produce striking prints.