10 to Immerse Yourself in Digital Art.

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Posted by Graphics to Go on March 9, 2016

Originally Posted by : Larry Bleiberg for USA Today

Forget paint. Some artists use microprocessors to create their masterpieces, and project their work on screens, and even buildings. "Technology is really accelerating this," says digital art expert Paul Golding, chief scientist at KLIO (klioart.com), which packages and sells curated digital art. He shares some favorite displays, museums and festivals with  Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.

The Bay Lights
San Francisco
Public art reaches new heights at this huge display by artist Leo Villareal that illuminates the west span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The 25,000 computer-sequenced LED lights react to the motion of the bay water. "The light patterns are never repeating. Every time someone observes it, it's a unique experience," Golding says. The art attracts nighttime viewers, who watch from the shore, restaurants and cruises. thebaylights,org

SiloScope
Paris
Digital art isn't just a visual medium. This 65-foot light-based sculpture to be installed next month on the Seine riverbank senses and responds to sound. "People will yell at it, or perhaps a group of school children will sing and see how this affects the appearance," Golding says. "If an aircraft files overhead, the whole structure will glow. It's very interactive and immersive." lab-au.com

Digital Graffiti
Alys Beach, Fla.
This weekend festival, held May 13-15, attracts artists from around the globe, who come to this upscale community near Panama City, Fla., to project their creations on walls and structures. "You can see windows of buildings suddenly pixilate and disappear. Projection art has become hugely popular,” says Golding, who notes that the cost of the technology has dropped dramatically in recent years. digitalgraffiti.com

ZKM | Center for Art and Media
Karlsruhe, Germany
Germany held one of the first digital art exhibits, and continues to play an important role in the art form. Visitors find a wide selection of installations on display at this museum, built in a former munitions factory. "People are trying to really give you an artistic experience with all the senses. It can be tactile, auditory, visual," Golding says.zkm.de/en

CairoTronica
Cairo
This biennial festival returns to Egypt this month, showing how the art form is spreading across North Africa and the Middle East. The festival, running through May 17, takes place across the capital city, and this year's theme is “Connected,” showing how social media can be harnessed for creativity. "People are taking data from Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, and they’re visualizing it and creating art," Golding says. cairotronica.com

The Victoria & Albert Museum
London
This famed cultural institution has been acquiring computer art since the 1960s, and now has some of the earliest works in its permanent collection. "It began very simply with pixels in black and white because that's all that was possible. This is retro digital art," Golding says. vam.ac.uk

Open Sky Gallery
Hong Kong
The world's largest building-based light and sound show is transforming Hong Kong's tallest skyscraper into a giant canvas this month as part of the International Symposium on Electronic Art. "This whole big building becomes a work of art," Golding says. The 118-story International Commerce Center is embedded with thousands of LED lights covering more than 800,000 square feet, which will be used to display six winning selections. openskygallery.net

Ars Electronica Center
Linz, Austria
A pioneer in digital art, this Austrian center features some of the most important works in the medium. One of its earliest exhibits was the short animated film Luxo Jr., about two desk lamps, by John Lasseter, who is best known for his work with Pixar. The center’s huge digital projection room, called Deep Space, features historical sites in 3D and images from inside the human body. "You walk in and immerse yourself," Golding says. aec.at

The Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
New York
This small, influential gallery has made its name by focusing on digital art. "They've been pioneers," Golding says. The current exhibit, Acts of Nature by Greek artist Yorgo Alexopoulos, incorporates multiple custom-made screens. “He uses them as a window to another world." brycewolkowitz.com

Athens (Greece) Digital Art Festival
One of Europe's top digital events feels like Burning Man meets TED, says Golding. "Artists from all over the world attend this one. It shows you how many people want to witness this art." This year's festival, running May 19-22, is themed “Pop Art in the Digital Era.” adaf.gr