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Question 21: What are your thoughts on new technologies that have appeared in the field of visual arts? Do you use any of these in your own creative work?
I think arts and technology have always coexisted, regardless of the period. When I did my master’s, I took a course that focused mainly on art and technology and how they worked. I’ve always believed it’s very important. For my part, I’m a person who likes to explore new things anyway. I’m traditional on one side but on another side I have my arms wide open. I’m a guy who likes computers, a computer nut, who works on his computer everyday, who likes to play and create on the computer; these new technologies will automatically come into my work. Some things are improved by it, and it seems to transform others. Nothing lost, nothing gained. So there’s always like…we gain certain things but we also let certain things go with technology. Is using new technology a good or a bad thing? I would say it’s neither one nor the other, it’s inevitable. So I take pleasure in using it, customizing it. I look at printmaking and today with all the technology of digital prints, a lot of people are scared for printmaking. I say it’s what will put printmaking on the map. Looking today, that is what’s putting printmaking on the map. Because today, people are making a distinction between a digital impression, and a manual impression. A wood that has printed a piece of paper will also emboss it, will give it texture and materiality. It seems that new technologies tends to increase our appreciation for old technology but also the coexistence of both, where one gets included in the other. I’ve seen photo outputs, where a photographic emulsion is put on wood, and then numerical outputs are produced out of the computer. The wood is sensitized in the same way as photographic paper, and the wood becomes a photographic plate. This is new technology. Yet it’s also old technology: it’s from an old relief mixed with the new. I believe that is the pleasure of getting something new, of new tools. I think a painter with a new brush is always happy to find out how it handles. I think it’s the same thing for artists with those new computers; it’s a new way to design a piece. It’s like a new field is opening up. I think that when movies first appeared, it was a new technology, and some artists gravitated towards cinema, it had pros and cons, but it didn’t necessarily kill theatre. So now we have more movies, but there’s always theatre.