Art and Technology as a Source of Inspiration in Design: from Pavel Janak to Giacomo Balla

Document Type : Original Article


1 Faculty of Design, Tabriz Islamic Art University, Tabriz, Iran.

2 Faculty of Design, Tabriz Islamic Art University, Tabriz, Iran


The seamless interplay between art and technological advancement from the late 19th to the mid-20th century is the focus of this article, which examines the influences of pivotal art movements such as Cubism, Art Nouveau, Abstract Art, and Futurism on design inspiration. Through an analysis of the works and methodologies of notable figures like Pavel Janák and Giacomo Balla, the study highlights the symbiosis between the evolution of art and the innovations of the contemporary technological landscape. These movements mirrored their times, from Cubism’s analytical breakdown of form corresponding with industrial fragmentation, to Art Nouveau’s organic motifs that contrasted against mass production, and from Abstract Art’s introspective dive coinciding with psychological advances, to Futurism’s celebration of dynamism in tandem with the era’s mechanistic obsession. Insights gleaned affirm the integral role of technological progress as both catalyst and canvas for artistic expression, culminating in a legacy that provides a foundation for ongoing creative dialogue in the face of the digital age’s new technological frontiers. The article proposes that the narrative of Modern Art is not solely a historical recount but a continuous inspiration, influencing future design and innovation.


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