What artistic disciplines have changed with technology?

The fusion between technology and art is very important, since it has changed the way of transmitting concepts, ideas and emotions, adapting to new media. But has this change affected all artistic disciplines equally? Or have some benefited more than others?

In this blog, you'll experience a tour of the evolution of each of the different artistic disciplines and how they have been enhanced thanks to technology to be at the forefront. Also discover new artistic disciplines that have emerged thanks to digital technology and what each one consists of.

Technology in ancient times

Even from very remote times, simple paintings, drawings or sculptures would not have been possible without some help from technology.  


A clear example is Botticcelli’s Birth of Venus, a work that would have been impossible for primitive man without the right painting tools for finishes, mixtures and canvas.

Botticcelli’s Birth of Venus,


Another example is music. Ancient civilizations have always created sounds with rudimentary musical instruments. But symphonies like Beethoven’s or Mozart’s require instruments designed technologically to perform complex and elevated pieces of music.


Literature is not left behind.To write a simple book, you needed a typewriter and long hours to complete a small work. But with the invention of printing, the creation and diffusion became much simpler. Now even anyone can write a book with only one computer.

Digital technology and diffusion

Even the way to get art or live artistic experiences has changed thanks to technology. Before, to read a book you had to go to the library to buy it, and now you can buy it online and in digital format on platforms like Amazon.

Also, covid 19 has given much more diffusion to art exhibitions, plays and more.  

Platforms like Google Arts allows you to give virtual tours of the most famous museums in the world, living the experience as if you were there. 

Companies like The National Theatre in London created their streaming platforms to be able to observe their magnificent works from the comfort of your home without having to go to the country. 

National Theatre at Home
Source: The National Theatre

And so, the examples of this immersion into the digital channel are more and more. And the results have been favorable, giving greater exposure and artistic awareness.

Leaving aside technology as an enabler of existing artistic disciplines, it has also generated new ways of creating art to emerge. Catalogued as digital art, it refers to those works that cannot be felt in the physical world, and are made through online programs. Know the main types below.  

New types of digital art

3D modeling

This type of artistic discipline includes 3D animation and 3D image creation techniques for video games, cinema, advertising and many other creative areas. Certainly an application that would not be possible without the technology.

Pixel art

This type of digital art refers to images edited at pixel level in order to create more realistic landscapes.  


This technique involves filling in spaces in a digital way, to give a more realistic effect and compose errors easily.

Generative Art

Generative art is a digital modality that gives the possibility to create works of art from computer programs. Some examples of this art are cut-up literature, fractal art and electronic music.

Generative art, digital painting made with a software

Typographical art

This type of art consists of using forms such as letters, symbols and numbers to create compositions that support spoken language. Surely you have seen thousands of these illustrations all over the internet.

Vector Art

The creation of figures with dots and lines is also called art. In the middle of the design, the vector graphic gives the facility to manipulate shapes and figures of different sizes without damaging the image quality.

Net Art

Net Art refers to works made for the Internet that have as their theme the Internet. It arises from a specific support (computer) and with the help of softwares these works are created by joining fragments to be exposed only by the digital medium.

Another feature may be the use of hypertext, thanks to its link with the digital narrative that has served to inspire.

Digital sculpture

3D sculptures are created using software in order to represent these works in a virtual space. They require modalities like Augmented Reality and are not tangible. A great example of technological innovation.

Digital sculpture, a type of digital art.

Digital photography

Unlike classic photographs, digital images are usually created directly on the computer, or from a drawn image or a scanned photo. Vector graphics software is needed to generate this type of digital art.


There is no art without technology. Art in our century is no longer just painting, drawing or sculpture, it is also 3D modelling, digital photos, video games, special effects, interactive museums and more. And not only creation depends on technology, but also diffusion.  

So, let’s be grateful for the artistic advances we have today and look forward to the wonders that the future of art will bring us thanks to artistic technological innovation.

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