New Technologies in Art – Trends in Merging the Handmade with Digital


New technologies have ushered in not only a new aesthetic platform but have also invigorated ways in which analog and/or handmade material can be realized.

New technologies are constantly emerging and artists are quick to adopt them, finding new ways to express their ideas and vision. One trend that has emerged in recent years is the merging of the handmade with the digital. Artists are using computers and other digital devices to create art, but they are also incorporating traditional handmade elements. This can be seen in the work of many contemporary artists who combine painting or drawing with digital manipulation. By combining these two techniques, artists are able to create unique and innovative works of art that explore the potential of both mediums. New technologies have also made it possible for artists to create interactive installations and sculptures. By incorporating sensors and other technology into their work, artists are able to create pieces that respond to the environment and the people who interact with them. These new technologies are giving rise to a new generation of artists who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in art.

Panel Discussion: Regine Basha, Birgit Rathsmann and Kristin Luca

Learn about contemporary artwork that merges slow hand-making with new technologies in art in the most innovative ways. Panelists include Regine Basha, curator, writer and founder of Basha Projects and artists Birgit Rathsmann and Kristin Lucas, all of whom have recognized and supported this work.

Please take note that this session took place live during the 1AN Symposium at Art New York.

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Regine Basha

Regine Basha, a graduate of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, has been, for nearly 20 years, curating innovative exhibitions and special projects for public spaces, institutions, and private galleries both nationally and internationally. They have received critical press in The New York Times, Artforum, Modern Painters, Art Papers, Wire, and Bidoun, and on NPR Radio. More...

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Birgit Rathsmann

Birgit Rathsmann’s long-term investment in collaborative art practice includes group shows at Helper Projects and at Gasser/Grunert Gallery (NYC). She perceives time in frames per second, and prefers for those frames to make an unexpected and funny assumption about the world. She organized presentations at the East River Band Shell, 163 Eldridge and Alterna Y Corriente (Mexico City). She has...

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Kristin Lucas

Kristin Lucas is an interdisciplinary artist who creates embodied experiences in digital environments. Her video work explores themes such as the impact of technology on humanity, the blurring boundary between the body and technology, and the effects of fast-forward society on the environment. She has presented her work nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of numerous...

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