ARTOMAT.pro is a system for the automated production of art. Select an object, apply certain methods to it, combine it with another object, place it in an appropriate space, and your unique work is ready!
In our era, there are evermore products, both material and virtual, that are created entirely or to a large extent through automated processes. Art is the last bastion where one-off, unique products are made. What’s more, they are linked to the myth of the individual “internal world of the artist.” Nevertheless, if we closely observe the processes that have been underway in art in recent decades, we can see that behind the apparent variety in the works that are appearing lies a fairly limited selection of algorithms employed in their creation:
— taking something small and powerfully magnifying it;
— taking a single object and multiplying it;
— taking a large object and turning it upside down;
— building a recognizable object from “inappropriate,” paradoxical materials, or covering it in a strange pattern or colour;
— taking two or more objects from different, unconnected contexts and combining them;
— recombination — deconstruction with subsequent “inappropriate” assembly.
The ARTOMAT.pro works by employing algorithms akin to those given above and generating art in an automated or semiautomated mode. The viewer becomes a user-artist, creating genuine works of art to suit his or her own taste. Hooked
up to a 2D or 3D printer, the ARTOMAT.pro allows material objects to be created — pictures and sculptures. Thus, the entire production cycle for the creation of the work is automated, from conception to realization.
You are touching Crucifixion, thumbing through hundreds of images. Technology places no importance to the meaning of these images, they often alternate with curious things, ads and amateur works by internet users; sometimes there occur racy images imitating scenes from life of Jesus. The “Jesus Touch” deals exactly with this phenomenon. It is about technology which is spreading over all spheres of life irrespective of the desire of those who “holds the copyright” on the idea of “sacrality”. At some moment one have to admit that technology, science and art can freely use the cultural store of mankind, religion being a corporate part of culture. Hundreds of artists have put their talent and energy into image of Jesus; likewise, hundreds of artists nowadays put their efforts into images of “heroes” of the modern entertainment industry. These “heroes” are, however, strictly protected by copyright acquired due to different ways of alienating in favour of big corporations. Nevertheless these images are freely circulating in culture in various contexts. The “Jesus Touch” is a sort of quotation from the possibilities of modern technology and communication. It is an artistic interface in the form of cross to touch the image.
Touch the screen, Touch Jesus.
Huge “likes” escaped from the internet pages and became firmly established in the Krasnogorsk city landscape. “I like therefore I am!”