Just as the development of oil revolutionized the art of painting almost a thousand years ago, advances in digital technology are now transforming the contemporary art scene — giving artists new tools to explore virgin creative territory. In this episode of Spark, we travel the frontiers of artistic expression with some of the world’s most innovative technology artists, who are living and working here in the Bay Area. Engineer artist Jim Campbell customizes the electronic sculptures in his installations to explore the very essence of movement and information in a group of LED pieces. Sound artist Pamela Z uses BodySynth to allow her to manipulate sound with physical gestures. Animator artist James Buckhouse parlays digital technologies over to traditional art forms, in which users can train an animated character on handheld PDAs to tap dance.
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