Artists: Jacques Louis David, William Bouguereau, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, John William Waterhouse, Jean-Leon Jerome, Sandro Botticelli, Jan Van Eyck, Rogier Van Der Weiden, August Rodin, Casper David Friedrich, Gustave Moreau.
Response to a request by Casey Reas for a book realted to Sonic Acts festival in Amsterdam.
Software tends to be formal, male, square. We seek to bring into the emotional, female, organic. A difficult task not made easier by the precedents of contemporary art which strive to be cold, cynical, ironic, ugly, mean. If I have to narrow it down, our work finds it’s roots in the vilified period of 19th century salon painting. We admire the works of the Renaissance as much as they. While we could never hope to match their artistry, we strive to do just that. Software for bodies that use machines. Not just pointing out process but taking pride in the craft. Making works which can enhance life, can impart knowledge, entertain and tell stories.
How about this:
In our work, we try to make something that will amuse our audience and we hope to enlighten them and enrich their lives. Expressing personal emotions or experimenting with aesthetics or technology are only means to an end. This is why we do not feel much affinity with most 20th century art.
Despite of the highly technical nature of our medium and the complexity of some of the software we create, we look further in the past, in search of masters. We probably feel most affinity with artists from the 19th century -both the romantics and the classicist Salon painters. We share their admiration for the Flemish Primitives and Renaissance and Baroque art. And, like them, we attempt to create meaningful images that communicate directly with our audience.
We hope that our work can be a continuation of an artistic tradition that was violently interrupted by modern art. And we see in interactive media a technology that can advance this tradition in a similar way as oil painting did 500 years ago.
Jacques Louis David, William Bouguereau, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, John William Waterhouse, Jean-Leon Jerome, Sandro Botticelli, Jan Van Eyck, Rogier Van Der Weiden, Casper David Friedrich, Gustave Moreau.
This may be relevant as well:
During the 20th century, art has manoeuvred itself into an insignificant niche of contemporary society. And the void that remained has been filled by pop culture, to the detriment of said society. We consider it to be the responsibilty of the artist to reflect on his surroundings and help the audience understand them and lead a constructive life. Modern art, as the high point of self-indulgence and arrogance has done nothing but the exact opposite. As such, we hold modern artists personally accountable for all the misery and injustice in the world that they so fashionably lament.