Yesterday was the opening ceremony of the 13th cartoon festival of Boechout. The theme ARTificial did inspire 221 participants from 52 countries from all over the world.
The organizers did give some information in advance on how they see the theme:
What is art? She stood beside me and asked: What do you think of this painting?
I looked at her suspiciously. I never expected that question. What is art, What is art? The look in her eyes, that is art.
Picasso, Pellens and Vermeer hung on display. Expensive things, intense atmosphere. Bold colours, immense beauty.” (Meuris)
Unless the lady in question is an actrice then it won’t be art but maybe artificial or artistic. Or is it rather fake or copy. Often it depends on how you look at something, how you observe it. Is it done skilful with any aptitude? Is it a photo or a portrait? Is it real? The paint on the paper is real. But is it shown brilliant or glorious or could it really be abstract.
When we talk about a creation it is always genious because “the Creation” has or is something divine. Is the artwork always a masterpiece or is it rather kitsch? Aren’t todays colours always artificial? Like the tastes in our food also contain more and more artificial aroma’s.Or will hamburgers be bred from stamcells because cows pollute too much so that these “bredburgers” will taste like hamburgers or do we need to add artificial flavourings.
When people one by one will systematically be replaced by protheses, silicon implants, pacemakers and dentures. If we keep changing ourselves through plastic surgery to fall in love with ourselves, can we then talk about artificial love?
Daily life consists more and more of virtual forms. Cybersex, facebookfriends, facetimechats, hometrainers, artificial light. And when we do come outside we will be playing football on artificial grass. This will systematically grow by artificial manure.
Is this Artificial Intelligence? The artificial flowers smell of rosewater and the fake X-mas trees throw shadows in the light of the earth satellite. Islands will be created artificially and shaped to desire.
Art is it real or not? Artful is the artist who always gives an artistic expression to new, inventive, fantasyrich and innovative ideas.
Art is a great ART of living.
Text: Timothy Vanoystaeyen
I was watching the selected cartoons and I have to admit that there was a great variety in interpretation of the theme. Some of them stick to the classic art, exhibitions influenced by new technolgy. I saw a lot of QR-codes and selfies and some cartoons concentrated on how technology and social media impacts our social life …. Artificial products … New technologies, is it really always better than the old fashion way?
Funny … Because the IHA-team illustrated this during the opening ceremony, where the tablet and the beamer showed us at the same time being powerful instruments for an interactive ceremony … And at the same time showed us the limitations of technology.
Herman Somers – master of ceremony – did guide us to a great evening. The Mayor of Boechout introduced the contest and announced the winners.
The first prize was for the Russian Andrey Popov, the Belgian Kenny Zoutendijck won the 2nd prize -while it was the first time he did participate, the 3th prize was for Constantin Sunnerberg (Belgium) and Norbert Van Yperzeele did win the 4th prize. The 5th prize or Davidsfondsprize was for the Italian Marco d’Agostino.
The village of Boechout did threat us on a high quality reception with drinks and finger food. So Tim and the other IHA-crew could – for once – enjoy the evening as guests in stead of working the whole time.
Thanks to all participants and there great cartoons and Roland, Tom, Tim, Herman, Lutgard, … And all cartoonists and cartoon lovers I had a great evening. See you in 2017 again at this international cartoon festival with a warm heart…
More information: http://www.iha.be/deploy/index.php/prijswinnaars-kartoenale-2014