The intertwining of art and technology

By Emily Leonhardt
4A/ B May 23, 2015

The use of technology in art has inherently coincided throughout time, meeting in many great works of art. Da Vinci, being a man ahead of his time, often linked technology and art. He invented many things including ball bearings, and sketched designs for a helicopter which he called aerial screw. The blades of the helicopter were to be made of linen, and when turned fast enough, it was intended to fly. Unfortunately this invention was unsuccessful for there would need to be more air pressure build up under each blade. Although the first helicopter wasn’t invented until the late 1940’s, it’s believed that Da Vinci’s sketches of aerial screw are from the late fifteenth century. Even the Egyptian Pyramids to Chartres Cathedral, the technology at hand was used to create function and beauty. Even the restoration of classic oil paintings have the help of modern technology to keep them preserved. For example, The American Declaration of Independence is a paper over one hundred and twenty seven years old. In 1951 the modern preservation efforts began to keep the declaration as preserved as possible. The document became sealed inside a bronze air tight, bullet proof case in the National Archives building in Washington, D.C., where humidified helium replaces oxygen to further preserve the document. You can find the beauty of art and technology intertwining throughout history.
Today’s technology has a different kind of meaning, giving ideas of intricate electrical work instead of appreciating simple machinery and good carpentry. Art has now been touched by the by the age of technology. Now having digital art as well as classical paintings and sculptures being presented through computers and cell phones. Giving us at hand accesses to art and culture from all over the world. Technology has become a huge influence, and is to often persuasive in today’s society. It has even affected the way we create art. Now having tools such as photo shop, and digital cameras to create and edit, technology’s as become form of medium for artwork. Artists can also use technology to gain inspiration from others and share their own. It’s become easier to independently market yourself. Also being able to constantly keep up, and connect with your favorite artists. Artists can now use new services such as crowdfunding, being able to raise money online to pursue their ideas. Using websites such as Kickstarter for their projects. In 2011 alone the website Kickstarter raised one hundred million dollars for over 27,000 independent art projects.
Internet collectors can now target specific art styles, being able to create a gallery for their specific tastes. Artists can produce their own websites and build personal relationship from artist to collector. ¬†Independant¬†creators aren’t the only ones using technology to their advantage. Many museums are creating online collections and galleries for their art pieces, and having previews of artists work. The idea is to get the public connected and interested in museums as well as informing them of walk throughs and other events. Though the internet consumers are able to discover and purchase many various artworks, benefiting the art world as a whole.
Technology doesn’t come without negative influence, today many artists can suffer at the hand of technology. Because the Internet has made all kinds of art accessible to the public, there is less profit being made for the artists. There are also challenges presented by being unaware of copyright infringement laws. Anyone on the Internet could potentially claim art pieces as there own if not taking the necessary precautions.
The influence of technology in art creates a domino effect change, causing an impact of environmental change. As a result of technology in the art world, there is reduced waste. Having the luxury of sending and sharing by one click of the finger has caused less traditional media, and promotional information to be printed. Not to mention the reduced waste by artists who embrace the tech lifestyle. Now having accesses to tablets that sketching and edit which can reduce materials and waste.
Ultimately¬†there is a positive impact in using technology for art. The advantages of inceased accessibility creates profit, and it reduces the carbon footprint on marketing art. As well spread art an culture. The industry has grown as a result of technology and without the use, it wouldn’t be as fluctuated.

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My favorite places
Week 2-free write
I’ve never been a fan of huge crowds and loud noises. They even might make me a little nervous sometimes. Which is why I prefer a small group of friends and place with a clam setting. One of my favorite places to go is a large grassy hill near my house. Unfortunately right now it’s covered in snow and is most of the year, but I think the fact that it isn’t accessible all the time makes it that more valuable. If the day is sunny and I have some time to kill then I’ll lay on the hill and enjoy the outdoors. It’s a very relaxing to soak up the sun and hear the wind blow through the trees, it’s simplistic. Plus I hear that fresh air is good to have once in a while. The only downside is that I always have to put on sun screen or else I burn but otherwise it’s a pleasant experience. Another place I enjoy going to is a vegan bakery called Wildflower. My mother and sister introduced to the bakery a few years ago and I’ve probably been there more than they have at this point. It has huge windows that let the sun in and the walls are washed out shades of green and yellow that are bright enough to be interpreted as happy but not so bright that it hurts your eyes, which seems important to me because I’ve been to restaurants where the wall color have me a headache. You can also lightly hear Rock in the background. It’s a really good atmosphere to hang out and have coffee or eat deserts. I’ve probably tried every desert in that place from peanut butter brownies to raw cheesecake, and it’s all delicious. I’m happy to have these places to go so that I can relax and clear my head if needed. You can get away for a little while and then start fresh. Personally I think everyone should have a place to get away and not have to entertain anyone else or have to worry about responsibilities, even if it is only for a few minutes.

The life of a Barista

Week one- 1st free write

The life of a barista is a heavily caffeinated one. I’ve been a barista for about four or five months now and the entire time I’ve been wide awake with the constant smell of coffee embedded into my clothes and hair. I almost always have coffee beans in my pocket, due to the fact that I have to fill small metal tins with large bags of coffee beans that look like the are ripped open by a machete. You can never manage to fill a tin without dropping at least one coffee bean on the ground. If I do find that I have managed without spilling any, then I do a small victory dance to the disco funk music that is always playing on the radio. Other than filling tins and showing everyone my positively groovy dance moves, I have many important responsibilities. For instance, there is a large chalk bored where we are asked to write the hours we worked and any inventory we are running low on. Each week I draw a new and fun picture obtaining to coffee and my love for matcha. Although this seems like I’m slaking off, it does brighten the faces of the other baristas and if you haven’t brightened at least one persons day as a barista then you are slacking off anyway. Let’s not forget that my biggest job is making caffeinated, and delicious drinks for people who look half asleep and grumpy. Every weekend I politely greet each customer with “Good morning!” Or “Good afternoon!” Despite the fact that I myself and probably half asleep and wishing I was on the other side of the counter. I then Stand there while they take ten minutes to decide on a drink order and I assure them they can take their time. If by chance I manage to get their drink order right the first time I then again do another small victory dance, then tie up my day by mopping salt stains off the floor while children run across it.
I have a glamorous coffee scented life and without it, I wouldn’t be able to pay for college so I’m very thankful for each mumbling customer and screaming kid that walks through the door.

1. Paintbrush/paint- creative outlet

2. Book (preferably mystery)-keeps mind busy, hobbie.

Hair tie- Having hair in my face makes it harder to focus

3. A journal-write thoughts, self expression or self therapy outlet

4. Knitting-mostly hobbies to keep my mind busy

5. Fresh socks-seems like I’d need them

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