New weapons for today’s artist.

Reality and art for the Dawn of a new Era

Micah Tinklepaugh
Aug 15, 2018 · 11 min read
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Mind=Blown by Carlos Basabe, Dribble (src below)

In the beginning…

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The Peak of the 20th Century, Walter Dahn, 1986, Stadel Museum, Frankfurt
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Figure 2, TV Art at MIT

Where are today’s art rebels?

I was in Montemartre, Paris the other day where some of the world’s finest impressionists spent some of their time exchanging ideas. I was hoping to be swept up in inspiration. Below in figure 3 is a vineyard where impressionists had made painted famous works that dazzled and provoked our great great grand mothers and great great grand fathers.

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Figure 3, Vineyards at Montemartre, Paris, France

Art rebels used old weapons in new ways.

Not everybody in centuries past could travel as much as the average person today. Travel hasn’t always been as prevalent. A realistic painting or impressionist painting shattered their present reality. It ‘blew their minds’. Even expressionist painting and some modern paintings did this. But there is a law of diminishing returns. Humanity is habituating.

What are the requirements for a new art weapon?

Transience is an important part of art not just in the content but also the ability to transmit that content. Paintings have worked so well because they were able to be moved and they are able to move the viewer.

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Figure 4: Lithograph by Lautrec, Musee de Montemartre

What is a new art weapon for today?

What is the lithograph of today? Stereo-graphic headsets that create 3D spatial illusions from overlapping similar moving images and presenting them to both eyes. This method is commonly called augmented and virtual reality and given the misnomer ‘Hologram’ by one of the largest technology firms of 2018, Microsoft. This stereogram (or Hologram if you are in Microsoft Marketing department) takes the best parts of sculpture and video in that it tells a story, changes, and occupies depth in the visual human field but lacks the awkwardness of sticking 2D panes of glass in an exhibit.

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Semblance of a hologram
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Holograms sourced from webpages of Microsoft, Meta, and Magic Leap (left to right)
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How are these weapons being used?

I’ve been on a year long journey to find art that evokes stereography or ‘holograms’. One example of old cinematography techniques being used in novel ways was in an installation by Anna Craycroft, that moved light across the surfaces of simple shapes. ‘Holograms’ (patterns of interference) are made of simple junction of vertices, lines, and edges. Then they are wrapped with a material and texture. Finally, they get illuminated with a light source. Craycroft does these things.

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Mobius Strip, Salvador Dali, Montremarte, Paris, France

Tech companies are gaining ground on the Museum

The museum is now extensible to a place we can find in a headset. It can be viewed from the Louvre or a trailer home, making it accessible to a wider audience.

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Micah Tinklepaugh

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I design products for people and systems. I also like to swim, bike, and run.

Inborn Experience (UX in AR/VR)

Learn about user experience in augmented and virtual reality

Micah Tinklepaugh

Written by

I design products for people and systems. I also like to swim, bike, and run.

Inborn Experience (UX in AR/VR)

Learn about user experience in augmented and virtual reality

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