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5 Awesome Art Forms For The Future

5 Awesome Art Forms For The Future

Art has always been a darling of civilization. No matter how fierce a civilization was or how direct the way of approach, from cavemen to corporate men today, everybody just pauses for a second and admires the subtlety of art. Though the concept of art has remained more or less similar, the ways have changed.

From scribbling in cave walls to blotting colors all over the canvasses, art has evolved along with humanity, making us wonder what the future holds for art. Looking at the patterns of things and considering the advances in science, the below five art forms may well play a part in our future.

1. 3D Printing

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    Let’s face it, printing has been kind of lame for the past half a century or so. Color printers added a bit of flavor but still remained the same thing, then 3D printing happened. It was a dream come true for many artists. 3D printers are still in their beta form, but if the development is as encouraging as it has been for the past half decade, it could be a massive thing for the future art industry.

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    From replicas of famous artworks to stop motion animation and printed garments, 3D printers are everywhere and it is expected they will blend with our lifestyle just like colors and papers.

    2. Virtual Reality Cinema

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      From silent days to sound and to 3D, movies have traveled a lot, showcasing dramas, fantasies, and even shedding light on awful social truths. The cinematic experience of the movie embeds deep in our subconscious and we can simply not unsee the scenes we have seen in theater or on TV screens. Though we can simply watch movies on televisions or our laptops, nothing beats the goosebumps we get at the theater.

      Now, imagine that we could get the cinematic experience from our sofa instead of from going to theater and spending big bucks on the experience — sounds sweet, right? That’s why VR movies are expected to dominate our cinematic experience in the future.

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      3. Nanoart

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        The world we see is just a fraction of the real world. There are so many microorganisms which are invisible to our eyes. With nanotechnology, it’s so much simpler to spot them, picture them, and admire the sheer genius of nature.

        Even the photographs of bacteria and paramecium can dazzle us. It’s a form of photography, but much more complex and more technically difficult, thus making space for a wave of nano-photographers to try their luck at this new art form.

        4. Ferrofluid Art

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          Ferrofluid is a magnetic liquid which becomes a jelly-like semi-solid in presence of a magnetic field. Sounds science-y, right? So you’re wondering how is this an art form? What happens is the liquid spikes up in contact to the magnetic field, giving it a surreal appearance.

          In addition to different sculptures, they can be made into magnetic paintings by injecting watercolors. People have identified the beauty of this fluid and are dedicated to create art out of it. Some prominent names are Sachiko Kodama and Fabian Oefner. They create meaningful sculptures out of ferrofluids. The awesome thing about this is that they can easily be made at home.

          5. Digital Graffiti

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            In addition to just being pleasing to our senses, art can do much more. Graffiti fueled the European revolutions and is still used by many artists over the world to provide absurd and humorous social commentary on many issues.

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            The Internet has digitized many things, but it seems weird to imagine digital art works, doesn’t it? But in the future, digital graffiti may become a common site for urban dwellers. Inspired by the New York laser graffiti movement, in 2008 the first commercially available digital graffiti wall was produced by Luma, named the YrWall.

            The spray designed for digital graffiti emits Infra-red light instead of paint, which is then tracked by a computer vision system which recreates the image which is sprayed with the help of a projector. .

            Featured photo credit: Patrick Tomasso via unsplash.com

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            Last Updated on September 28, 2020

            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

            At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

            Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

            One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

            When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

            So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

            Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

            This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

            Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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            When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

            Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

            One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

            Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

            An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

            When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

            Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

            Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

            We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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            By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

            Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

            While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

            I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

            You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

            Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

            When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

            Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

            Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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            Con #2: Less Human Interaction

            One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

            Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

            Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

            This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

            While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

            Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

            Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

            This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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            For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

            Con #4: Unique Distractions

            Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

            For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

            To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

            Final Thoughts

            Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

            We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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