This post was supposed to be published last week, but unfortunately it wasn’t. Despite of this I’ll keep my head up and do the best out of it.
This week in class we watched «Sky Magic Live at Mt. Fuji». This piece of art is a live performance of MIDI controlled LED flying machines, accompanied by Shamisens, the Japanese traditional guitars.
What left me off with the greatest impression was how the rhythm of the music is incorporated with the beautiful light show. Having Mt. Fuji in the background is just the cherry on the cake.
«Spiritual» is one of the first words that come to mind (for me at least) when thinking of significant themes. They are after all playing traditional acoustic guitars in robes by Mt. Fuji. The theme is certainly spiritual and embrace Japanese culture.
What’s not so spiritual and traditional is the MIDI controlled LED drones. Japan as a culture already blend tradition and technology increcdibly well. This piece is a perfect example of how beautiful it is. To just illustrate what I’m talking about, I’ll show two different pictures, both of Japan.
We also talked a little about how Bergen is covered in street art. A couple days later I chose to not take this for granted, and take a couple pictures on my way to the University. Here are some of the pictures I took:
Now we’ve looked a bit on both traditional and digital art. They’re not really that different if you think about it. Digital art may be characterized as interactive, participatory, dynamic and customazible.
In my opinion this is the case with street art as well. At least to some extent. I could make the point that all art is interactive as art has to be interpreted by someone. When it comes to street art I don’t have to make this point. Artists can use walls to paint on. Those walls are designed by architects and may be considered art in themselves. Thus we already got two layers of art upon each other. Artists interact with each other.
If the art is not wished upon a wall, it may get painted over. Therefore it’s dynamic. It changes over time.
Other graffiti artists may also participate with their art upon/beside art that’s already there. This is not always successful, but definetly can be.
Graffiti can also be customized in a sense. Sure, it can’t be edited in the same sense as digital art can, but it can be customized by coverups, and re-doing. Unfortunately spray cans don’t come with undo-buttons.