Our time is ruled by technology and media. The artistic production is changing accordingly. Traditional forms of visual art such as sculpting and painting are taking a back seat to visual production created in mixed techniques which include a broad spectrum of new media technologies, and experimentations with them. High tech hybrids of various genres are being created, from installations, computer and internet art to interactive installations. Visual production lives a very different life compared to classical artworks of previous centuries. It is precisely the above listed deductions that inform us what is actually contemporary in the visual praxis of the 21st century and what we can offer with the 11th Speculum Artium festival.
The 11th Speculum Artium festival presents an insight into experimentation among classical and new media art, virtual reality, and even more advanced technologies, leading into experimenting with brain-computer interfaces. The latter are presented by the BR4IN.IO hackathon, i.e. an idea- exploratory marathon, in which the participants experiment with brain interfaces, and together with experts upgrade the submitted project.
The presented artworks border conceptual ideas; most of them are possessing bases, demanding deep philosophical and sociological consideration about the virtual and real happenings around us. Experimentations in art are closely bound to science. The merging of these two paradigms co-creates products of great potential for a breakthrough onto global markets, where they can reach the commoner with more success. These kinds of mergers of the left (rational) and right (irrational) brain hemisphere ensure a sustainable development, with the goal of a better future in all fields of operation and cross-sectoral networking.
As education is one of the more important elements of the festival, it offers several workshops in the fields of programming, animation, 360° video production, and drones.
As the guest curator and a long-standing friend of the festival, presenting his selection Fabricio Lamoncha, artist, curator and professor at the Linz University, course: Interface Culture.