In the evolving landscape of the digital age, artistic expression has transcended traditional boundaries, giving rise to a multitude of alternative art forms. As technology continues to advance and permeate every aspect of our lives, artists seize its power to create boundary-pushing works that challenge conventional notions of art. These alternative art forms not only reshape our perception and experience of art but also reflect the shifting dynamics of our interconnected and technologically-driven world. While traditional art forms find new life in the digital realm, entirely fresh art forms intricately linked to the digital landscape have emerged. In this article, we profile some captivating alternative art forms that have emerged, offering new avenues for artistic expression.
Generative Art: A Kaleidoscope of Algorithms
Generative art refers to artworks that are created with the help of algorithms, code, and computer programming. Artists utilise computer software and algorithms to generate images, animations, and interactive installations that evolve, adapt, or respond to various inputs. This form of art combines technology, mathematics, and aesthetics, resulting in visually stunning and dynamic creations.
Virtual Reality (VR) Art: Stepping into Surreal Dimensions
Another emerging art form is virtual reality (VR) art, which immerses viewers in digitally created environments and experiences. Artists can construct entire virtual worlds using VR technology, allowing viewers to engage with art in unprecedented ways. VR art enables the exploration of new dimensions, perspectives, and sensory experiences, rising above the limitations of physical space. By incorporating interactive elements and incorporating sound, movement, and touch, VR art pushes the boundaries of traditional art exhibitions into immersive and participatory experiences. Put on your virtual goggles and prepare to dive headfirst into an extraordinary world of digital wonders.
Praew Kawita Vatanajyankur
Kawita Vatanajyankur (Praew), together with Cyrus James Khan (3D artist), Pahparn Sirima, and Pat Pataranutaporn (AI technologist from MIT Media Lab), created Interactive Virtual Reality Art as part of the VOIDSCAPE exhibition during the Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB) 2022. This exhibition raised awareness of societal problems and foster sustainable change. Through VR technology, it provides an interactive experience that simulates the future, encouraging introspection about humanity, the environment, and the impact of capitalism and mass production.
Augmented Reality (AR) Art: Magic in the Real World
Prepare to witness the enchantment of augmented reality! With AR art, the lines between the physical and digital worlds blur, as artists breathe life into everyday surroundings. Watch as public spaces, objects, and even people transform into interactive canvases, allowing you to become part of the artistic magic. Witness a world where reality and imagination meld into an extraordinary tapestry of artistic expression.
BEM together with BMN and leading partners in both the public and private sectors launched "Metro Art" in Series 2, which this time uses the theme name as "Playable Art”, bringing two of the most popular street artists like The TU!! And Wild So Serious to show the artworks for people who use Phahon Yothin MRT Station while augmented reality technology is also used to allow people to play with art.
Phahon Yothin MRT Station
NFT Art: Unlocking the Digital Masterpieces
Step into the realm of NFT art, where digital creations become unique and indivisible tokens of artistic expression. Artists wield the power of blockchain technology to establish ownership and authenticity of their digital masterpieces. Experience the thrill of a digital art marketplace where collectors can own and trade these one-of-a-kind artworks, bringing art ownership into the digital age with a splash of glamour and innovation.
NFT artworks by Thai artists that captivate and inspire.
Kun Vic (Wanchana Intrasombat)
Kun Vic, the owner of Art of Vic page and Studio Kun, is a renowned animation and concept artist who co-designed characters and artwork for Thai animation production such as 9 Satra. He also owns one of the world's most successful NFT projects, Ape Kids Club, a generative art collection featuring 9,999 little monkeys inspired by the Bored Ape Yacht Club, one of the world's most valuable NFTs. This project merges the concept with a charming children's story, capturing immense trading value of as much as 1 billion baht.
Putsa, an artist and illustrator, weaves stories through her unique artistic style, reminiscent of Childhood Dreams. Her collection titled The Invitation revolves around the artist herself and the crypto trend. The pictures captivate viewers with their resolution and incorporation of various meanings or symbols. Putsa's work has achieved a trading value of 1.1 million baht.
3D Printing Art: Sculpting Dreams into Reality
3D printing technology allows artists to create intricate and detailed sculptures, objects, and even wearable art. Artists can design and fabricate their creations using computer software and then bring them to life through 3D printing, providing new possibilities for customisation and experimentation. Witness the fusion of imagination and technology as intricate designs take shape before your eyes, unlocking a world of customisation and limitless creativity.
Projection Mapping: Illuminating the Extraordinary
Projection mapping involves projecting digital images or animations onto three-dimensional objects or architectural structures. By precisely mapping the projection to fit the contours and surfaces of the object, artists can create mesmerising visual experiences that transform static objects into dynamic and immersive displays.
Interactive Art: Where Art and Play Collide
Break free from the notion of art as a passive observer and dive into the world of interactive art! Engage your senses and explore installations, sculptures, and digital experiences that respond to your touch, movement, and sound. Immerse yourself in a captivating dialogue between art and audience, where your participation breathes life into the artwork itself.
Interactive Flower Experience
Interactive Flower Experience by 27 June Studio uses Augmented Reality technology to present new virtual interactions occurring in real spaces of Pak Khlong Talat, with an aim to experiment with new perspectives on the neighbourhood. There are two projects. One is located under Phra Pokklao Bridge, in Phra Pokklao Park. The other is a projection mapping on the facade of the First Post Office Monument.
Digital Art: A Digital Symphony of Creativity
In this technologically infused art form, digital tools and boundless creativity join forces to create visually stunning, innovative, and thought-provoking masterpieces. Enter a realm where traditional boundaries are shattered, and new frontiers of artistic exploration are constantly being forged. Witness the birth of a contemporary art movement that continues to redefine our perception and experience of creativity.
TeamLab, an international art collective formed in Tokyo, Japan in 2001, comprises artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, and architects who call themselves "ultra-technologists." Their mission is to transcend boundaries in our perceptions of the world, the relationship between self and world, and the continuity of time. Utilising digital technology, TeamLab creates immersive works that allow visitors to participate and become part of the artwork spaces. TeamLab exhibitions have been held in various cities worldwide, including New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Silicon Valley, Beijing, and Melbourne.
The digital age has ushered in a new era of artistic expression, giving rise to alternative art forms that defy conventional norms. These artists utilise technology to break down perceived boundaries and redefine people’s relationships with art. In this ever-expanding digital canvas, artists are exploring new frontiers, challenging conventional notions of art, and reflecting our interconnected and technologically-driven world. As technology continues to evolve, we can anticipate further advancements and experimentation, leading to even more exciting and boundary-pushing art forms in the future.