The original idea in the creation of digital painting and a meeting with one of his muses.Question: Dietmar, would you like to tell us how did the concept and what are the techniques you used?
Dietmar Schoder: When we look at the usual work of a painter, we see the painter, the object, material, tools and the result: the painting.
When – in comparison to this – we look into the usual life of a diva, we see the diva, the fans, the media and the celebration of the diva.
In a very abstract sense we talk about a „system“ in both cases. Each system shows a certain kind of behavior, it consists of components, and it has an effect which cannot be found in any single part of the system.
A system of the first kind may produce art. One of the second kind may produce something beyond admiration – let us call it devotion.
Both are artificial, and both are well known.
But nowadays there is one new element: the new media. That adds a new aspect which is virtuality.
At the beginning we all thought that the internet as a global network is the entrance into an unreal world. But now we see that it is the entrance into a world without locations.
Dietmar Schoder: In this specific case that means that the diva meets the painter without travelling from Milan to Vienna. And all the fans meet the diva (or see the final paintings) without leaving their home. Everybody is everywhere.
All the systems we talk about work without specific locations.
Technically the painter detects the diva via facebook. He falls in love with her, although he never met her. Although he never talked to her, never saw her in real life, never smelled her perfume, never listened to her voice. The diva on the other hand has to present herself in the world wide web. This is the basis of her existence. And this enables the painter to grab the one or the other photo of the diva – taken from her collection of photos on facebook.
By this step the “object” is born. The work of the artist may begin.
Dietmar Schoder: In our case the photo is very small in comparison to the diva as a person itself. We see that the artist cannot paint the person looking at her physically. He has only got the small photo. That leaves much space for imagination.
The painter now writes a computer program. The program analyzes the pixels in the photo, one after the other. The specific program connects similar pixels to areas, but the areas are then filled by many other pixels which were not in the original photo. The basic photo consists of 400 times 600 pixels, but the result consists of 4000 times 6000 pixels. That means that only one percent of the final painting comes from the original, the remainder is pure “imagination” of the computer program, directed by the programmer, the digital artist (for an example see below).
Finally the digital result is uploaded by the artist at an internet service, where they print photos on canvas – and deliver the final painting on canvas directly to the diva’s house in Milan.
The virtual diva is celebrated by the virtual artist.