The Future of Digital Art is Spelled K-L-I-O

November 19, 2015

7:00 pm

Am I alone in noticing that there’s been a major surge of art and technology recently? I mean, it kind of makes sense given that art and technology have always been closely intertwined, and it makes sense that they would evolve in a positive symbiosis. After all, technology kind of is art in it’s own way.

I came across an entrepreneur who thinks that this fusion of art and technology co evolving is going to actually change the way we view art. Nasos Topakas, CTO of Art.com, took this passion and focused on founding KLIO so that we all might one day enjoy a new era of art.

“The same thing happening with video and movies is going to happen with art,” says Topakas. “Standard art is fading away, and with the evolution of tech, we think people want different forms of art. New age, digital art could eventually be a complete replacement for peoples’ walls.”

Back in 2012 the first prototype of KLIO was made, and the team was focusing a lot of their early efforts on imagining how to visualize both traditional and new age forms of art. They even consulted with a variety of people, artists, and consumers about their ideas before last year rolling out a polished iteration of their digital decor platform.

Honestly, it didn’t click for me until I pressed Topakas to dig in a bit deeper. I thought it was basically a giant, digital picture frame. In that light, I could figure out why people wouldn’t just hang a TV on the wall or hack their own version.

It’s fascinating: KLIO might look like a flat screen TV, but it’s far from it. That is, it’s not like you watch NFL on it and then switch over to look at art when you’re finished. Rather, KLIO is a dedicated user experience like a PC or an Xbox. Sure, it has a display and a CPU, but if you tried to put KLIO-supported art on a normal TV it wouldn’t be able to run it.

In fact, they feature a variety of art forms:

  • Video Art: We can support any format of video, including 4K (UHD)
  • Classic Art: Still images in digital form, mostly to support “legacy” art, like old masters etc.
  • Cinemagraphs: Hybrid photos with videographic elements. We will support any format of video output, including 4K (UHD).
  • Chrono Art: These are exhibits that evolve over periods of time longer than expected from a video loop – e.g. 24 hours, or even 365 days. A combination of video and stills can be used to create the Chrono narrative, plus various means to stitch them together over time (e.g. sequentially, randomly, etc.)
  • Clock Art: These are any type of exhibit that can convey the actual time (e.g. 12:10PM). An underlying clock mechanism will match the art to the current time. There are various possible forms, such as moving hands, sun dials, etc.
  • Morph Art: This format has led to the creation of some of the most provocative and inspiring works exclusive to Klio. Still images suddenly move and come to life, often in unexpected ways.
  • Creative Coding: These are typically CSS/JavaScript apps designed for aesthetic output and not programmatic function.

Granted, KLIO is barely into the preorder phase at this point, but the team was able to demo KLIO to a few people who were interested in the early technology and the response, Topakas assures me, has been very positive. The strategy for now is to gain traction and users while focusing on an educational aspect: communicate specifically what KLIO is and what it does.

Through their partnership with Art.com, here’s a taste of what KLIO can do:

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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America's Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He's the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he's off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing...or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach. Follow Will on Twitter @WJS1988

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