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As a constantly evolving field of study, we will examine the latest trends and bring you updates on installation art in a series of categories: interactive installations, light art, public art, audio-visual installations, burning man art, kinetic sculptures and new media art, as well as highlighting the many exciting and experimental overlaps between these areas.
Artists at the forefront of technology today are blending impressive feats of engineering with artistic concept, leading us to the future with sensorial, immersive installation art. Within each of our categories standout artists lead the way for future generations to follow. Artists creating interactive art today continue to push boundaries into new realms, where visitors can step in and really become a part of the artwork. They explore various techniques including sensors that trigger delicate patterns of light, complex installation rooms filled with sensorial, reflective surfaces or computer screens asking to be touched. Some even allow us to enter into futuristic, digital realms through virtual reality, where we can see alternate, simulated versions of ourselves.
Leading practitioners of kinetic art continue to expand and evolve their ideas as technology develops. In many of today’s most powerful examples of public art we see revolving rotors that allow wind to generate energy and movement, harnessing the natural energy around us. Other artists look to the future with motorised robotics, creating strange hybrid creatures or surreal moving forms. Some also blend elements of movement with other media, creating mechanical wonders such as drawing or painting machines with a spirited life of their own.
In the arena of public art, artists produce powerful symbols of technology and industry, often on a vast scale. Along with traditional sculptural forms, more recently we see artists fusing public art with elements of other media, including light art, kinetics, sound and performance. Every year the Burning Man art festival takes public art one stage further; in a series of cooperative constructions, seemingly invincible installation art structures swelter in the blistering desert heat before dissolving into flames and dust in the ultimate act of self-destruction.
Pioneers of new media art combine multi-media technology such as projection mapping, software engineering and graphic design to create interactive, engaging installation art at the forefront of technology. Leaders in audio-visual art create breath-taking virtual realities that combine digital, visual material with experimental sound and music, to be viewed as VJ performances or as art installations in a wide variety of locations. Light art often plays a key role in new media art, allowing artists to produce atmospheric, otherworldy installations that can puncture the darkness with temporal, fractured light.
Festivals that celebrate this ever-expanding field continue to spring up around the world. These include MADATAC: International Contemporary Festival of Digital, Audio-visual and New Media Art in Madrid in January, an annual, 10 day event at the heart of the city that celebrates the intersections between digital culture, technology, engineering and installation art. Installation art also breathes life into the dark, frozen streets of Amsterdam every winter for the Amsterdam Festival of Light, as a magical display of ghostly colours and forms ignite across the city. Every Autumn Kinetica Art Fair celebrates interdisciplinary new media art with astounding displays that look to the future with the latest trends in kinetic art, light art and audio-visual art, revealing the catalystic spark between art, science and technology.
Galleries that celebrate this ever-expanding field of art and engineering exist in international locations: ICA, Arcadia Missa and Furtherfield in London, the New Museum in the United States, ZKM Centre for Art and Media in Germany, Ars Electronica Centre in Austria, HeK, Haus der elektronischen Kunste in Switzerland, InterComunication Centre in Tokyo, LABoral Centre for Art and Industrial Creation in Gijon, Bildmuseet in Sweden and many, many more.