With technology advancing rapidly, digital artwork is gaining in popularity. At the moment, we tend to think of digital as using computer software to fix our flaws in Photoshop and in choosing personal photos displayed on key rings but what if I told you that there were other options available in your home?
Digital photo frame
Upgrading from a scaled-up key ring display, you can always choose an electronic frame that displays digital images. There’s no printing required for a change of image and most have a slideshow format to save you needing to choose between your favourites. Some models go so far as to play music and videos too – although you’ll be paying more for these. On average, they’ll set you back around £130-£140.
Much like the airbrushed photos that you see in magazines, digital art is the term for using computer software to make your own images. You can hire professional artists to create a piece of artwork based around your ideas but it’s even easier and cheaper to make your own if you can get your head around the software. At the most basic level, there’s always Microsoft Paint, although I doubt you’d want to hang those on your wall! Still, it’s a fun take on DIY painting and children can enjoy being creative without the mess and potential decor disaster of paints.
Video art is now being seen as the moving painting and our distrust of the new technology is decreasing. Sally Breen, Director of Sydney’s Breenspace gallery says that this can be put down to our technology becoming “a lot easier to plug in and play.” Now that we’re seeking out large, flat-screen TV’s, we’re starting to explore other uses of technology in our homes and the USB or DVD videos are moving forward.
I’ve seen video art in museums but I’m yet to see one in a UK home. I’m not too sure what videos I’d like to see displayed if I were to visit a friend. A holiday video seems too personal, while a wedding video is a bit too slushy and I would definitely get tired of seeing it over and over again! Commissioned video art is more to my liking but at a minimum of around £200 for a work by an unknown artist, ranging to £7000 for an established artist, I think I’d opt for the digital photo frame – set to one still image – if I were to ever grow tired of my wall photos. For one thing, it would be a lot cheaper!
Right now though, I think I’ll be sticking with the framed printed photos…