The Intersection of Art and Technology (A Documentary by Joanne Cheng, 25min,2008)



Digital Stone Exhibition highlights the creative process of four contemporary American artists Kenneth Snelson, Bruce Beasley, Jon Isherwood and Robert Michael Smith whose sculptural works demonstrate the fusion of digital technologies of the West with traditional craftsmanship of the East. A intimate Look at the intersection of art and technology.

The artists start with Autodesk design tools to form and stretch complex shapes for their sculptures, before a single stone is cut. Then, they work with some of the finest stone carvers in China, who use 3D rapid prototypes to create the extraordinary stone sculptures featured in a travelling exhibition in China (Beijing Today Art Museum. Shanghai Duolun Museum and Jinse Gallery in Chongqing)

《数码石雕展-技术和艺术的交融》程娟纪录片2008 年,25分钟   简介

《数码石雕展》纪录片展现四位美国著名雕塑家用Autodesk 数码软件创意设计并建模雕塑作品然后在中国用石刻放大再现作品的全过程。本片倾听四位大师在探索艺术创作真谛里程中如何在数码软件的无限疆土里展开想象任意驰骋设计创新的自由探索。《数码石雕展》 揭示21世纪数码时代抽象雕塑艺术的前沿动态,是东西方艺术对话精彩纪实录。

《数码石雕展》2008年配合大型数码石雕展一起在全国美术馆和画廊巡演 (开幕式在今日美术馆,上海多伦美术馆,重庆锦瑟画廊)

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CARL BASS INTERVIEW BY JOANNE CHENG,2008 (Part of Digital Stone Exhibition Documentary)

Cheng: What’s the essence or spirit of Autodesk?Bass: Who am I? I’ve always been very interested in building things. I’m somebody who is fascinated by ideas, fascinated by mathematics, intrigued by how things work and put together. This is really a kind of combination that bringing those kind of things together,how the world works, how the mind works in terms of creating stuff. One thing I particularly like about is this is building things with a clearly purpose of soliciting emotional response. What I like to do is being involved is to do it myself. This is a little bit unusual because I feel like part of the role. It’s more of orchestra with a lot of people doing it. Usually I’m more interested in doing things myself.

Bass: For Autodesk, it’s innovation and creativity. It’s allowing people to pursue their ideas. One of the things I think about is someone who has made stuff in many different mediums and many different times. Whenever anyone made stuffs, when you are done, you are really ready to move on to the next thing and you’ve learnt from it. By the time when I finish any piece, I don’t really want to see it. I don’t really even care what happens to it. I’m much interested in the next one. One of the things I want to do with Autodesk is to make sure that we give people the tools so that they can understand what they are building earlier. If you build anything, the earlier you understand it and the earlier you experience it, the better it will end up being. What we are trying to do is to give people the tools they can experience sooner.

Cheng: What’s your connection with China?

Bass: I’m fascinated with China. I think it has enormous of tradition of innovation. It has great tradition in sciences. Many of the greatest inventions started in China as well as great traditions of arts. I see a reblossom of China over the past 30 or 40 years going on there. I think China will be the next great power in the world. It has already been a very important country and it has a great tradition to build on it. I’m excited just to be part of it. It’s important Autodesk is there. Autodesk is going to benefit greatly by being involved and accessing those wonderful talents and the skills that are in China.

Cheng: What’s your connection with China?

Bass: Follow your heart. Go to design and build the things that you want. You’ll figure out how to make money alone the way.

Autodesk Carl Bass for Digital stone at Opening Ceremony 2008

程娟独家采访欧特克软件有限公司总裁 卡尔 巴斯 (2008年夏)

程: 请你分享一下“你是谁”?

巴斯: 我是谁?我一直对建造或制作东西有浓厚兴趣。笼统的说我喜欢做家具和雕塑两种创意作品。我曾经创意建造过船,乐器和大楼。现在我重归创作尺寸较小的石质和木制的作品,统称他们为家具 。我是那种对创意和新思想着迷的人。也对数学的应用着迷,总是对探究如何将东西组合起来。我尤其感兴趣的是如何创造出感召和触动人的情感的作品。多年前我很回避融合电脑技术做设计,你在展览中看到的一些原型,我一直实践寻找用电脑设计组合制作的新技巧。我觉得我的角色很独特,觉得我更象一个乐队指挥,很多人同时都在用电脑创意。通常我更喜欢亲自动手独立做。

程: 欧特克公司精神核心是什么?

巴斯: 创新和创造力。这种追求帮助人们实现新思想。其实对那些专注创造作品的人来说一旦作品完成 就准备投入下一个项目。我个人根本不在乎再看这个作品一眼。我对下一个作品更感兴趣。欧特克公司要做的重要事情之一就是帮助设计者在设计早期全面了解作品的全貌。最后作品成型时创作也随之完成。

程: 你和中国和中国文化的渊源是什么,内心有何感受?

巴斯: 我对中国一直很着迷。中国拥有丰富的传统和创新成就。很多科学发明和艺术发明都来自中国。过去30和40年中国重放光彩。我想中国是下一个世界强国。它已经是一个非常重要的国家。很激动我们是中国成长的一部分。欧特克能直接接触和联手中国的技术和人才将很受益。

程: 你对年轻的设计人有何教诲?

巴斯: 追梦。去尽情设计和创造你的作品吧。在追梦过程你会发现挣钱的最佳方式。

Bruce Beasely, Carl Bass, Robert Smith, Joanne Cheng, on DIGITAL STONE PROJECT, California, 2008 (from right to left)