i2M: a technological standard against fraud in the art world

On October 19, 2015, the New York State University in Albany has launched in Paris an i2M technological standard which provides a solution against fraud in the art world. The State University of New York in Albany and its Foundation have launched in Paris a technological standard for highly secure identification and authentication called i2M which aims to solve the problems of authenticity, forgery and falsification of works in the art world. This independent technology is the culmination of a two-year international collaboration between artists, academics, scientists and conservation organizations, led by the University Innovation Center at the University in Albany, now renamed International Innovation Centre for the i2M standard and supported by Aris Title Insurance Corporation, a member of Argo Group International Holdings Ltd. i2M offers object tagging and data management to fight against the problems of authenticity on the art market, with the insertion of DNA traces under the surface of the artwork and the application of a label on the object. Artists and institutions are already ready to adopt it. “The State University of New York in Albany is proud to host the International Innovation Centre for the i2M standard [that will help] all stakeholders of the art market to protect their interests in the field of artwork and collectibles, “said Robert J. Jones, President of the University.”On the art market today, no universal standard exists to determine how a work should be identified, there is no solution to reliably authenticate new works, and so no mechanism exists to prevent permanent introduction of fakes on the market,” commented Lawrence M. Shindell, President of Aris Title Insurance Corporation. The Centre’s activities will be coordinated by NRS Associates LLC, a firm specializing in advising and financing art dealers based in New...

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MFA Computer Exhibition in Preparation for its 30th Anniversary

From 24 October to 25 November 2015, the School of Visual Arts Flatiron Gallery, in New York, is presenting “Techtonic Shift”, an exhibition of prints, video and interactive installations by alumni of the Motion Graphics, Fine Art and Animation (MFA) Computer Art Department. The exhibition has been curated in preparation for the department’s 30th anniversary next year and curators, Milan Delvecchio and Angelica Vergel, wanted to take the opportunity to showcase the department’s fine art alumni and faculty. The artists exhibiting have incorporated a variety of analogue and digital media, experimenting with technology and abstraction such as Mel Hsieh’s video combines 35mm film footage with digital effects and 3D modelling. The MFA Computer Art Department emphasises creative research to making art with computers and emerging technologies. It is dedicated to producing digital artists of the highest ability and guides students in the development of a personal artistic style. The Department has distinguished itself with eight Student Academy Awards. The School of Visual Arts (SVA) has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for more than six decades. It is comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100...

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“From design to artwork: how new technology stimulates creation” at Art Paris Art Fair

On Friday 27 March a conference entitled “From design to artwork: how new technology stimulates creation” was held at Art Paris Art Fair. It was led by: Élodie Palasse-Leroux, a journalist, curator, founder of Sleek Design and a consultant of the ArtDesign 2015 platform at the fair; and Mikael Zikos, art and design writer for IDEAT magazine. Also present were the artists Cécile Le Talec and Miguel Chevalier, Alexandre Fougea, an engineer and designer and founder of luxury ski brand Aconite, and Gaëlle Gabillet and Stéphane Villard of Studio GGSV. The conference was held around three points or themes: the question of when these creators use new technology, the way in which the versatility of technology feeds creation and the question of if new technology is creating a whole new category of art. When do artists or designers use new technology?  For most of the creators present, technology is part of their works from the start. Stéphane Villard affirms that his thoughts are not completely separate from the technical. Miguel Chevalier, creator of the L’Origine du Monde video which was projected on the front of the Grand Palais for Art Paris 2014, and also of Tapis Magique, a digital carpet which changes its display according to the movements of those stood on it, explained that his relationship with software comes before the creative process. For Cécile Le Talec, technology is also the starting point of his thought process, which also includes older techniques, such as embroidery in his work Panoramique polyphonique, which is mixed with new technologies. His tapestry takes the motif of a spectogram, which reminded the artist of landscapes from the 17th century, taken from the sound of birds. A movement detector at the side of the tapestry allows the sound to start playing when a viewer approaches the piece. A2 workshop, which specialises in contemporary needlework, used this technique in Cécile Le...

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The Frick Collection launches new app

The Frick Collection has launched an app which will offer visitors instant access to content related to the institution’s permanent collection. Registered users can share their favourite works on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+. They will also be able to listen to audio commentaries which accompany the works — which will be available in multiple languages — on their smartphone. Furthermore, an interactive map will be available, allowing visitors to navigate the galleries, as well as an events calendar which will inform visitors of upcoming events, such as gallery talks and lectures. Director Ian Wardropper spoke of the innovative project: “The mobile app is yet another way the institution is using technology to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the Frick’s permanent collection.” Sandeep Mathraani, who contributed financially to the project, added in the press release: “To engage youth today we need to provide a digital, technological frame of reference and platform which is relevant to their generation.” The application was made in collaboration with students from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, United...

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Drones to take over the world of photography

Drones are becoming increasingly popular in photography, despite the association with their role in reaching inaccessible zones for warfare. Drones offer an aerial panoramic perspective which can give a new angle to the beauty of a landscape; a new aesthetic that attracts artists and journalists alike. As drones are able to take these incredible shots, they have become a source of inspiration for artists and the number of photographic projects which are using drones has exploded. For instance, photographers Terry and Belinda Kilby have created their project Drone Art: Baltimore from a compilation of photos taken by drones over their home town. The artist Trevor Plagen has photographed the drones themselves, depicting them hovering sinisterly in an otherwise calm sky. James Bridle features drones in his project The Drone Shadow, in which he argues that the principle objective of drone technology is to be invisible; a goal which he criticises in relation to their usage by the American military in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Through his photos, he seeks to render the invisible, visible....

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