December 10, 2013

PowerPoint Art: These Artists Use PowerPoint in Creative, Unconventional Ways

Many PowerPoint users create presentations that have to fit into the sometimes rigid template of a corporate identity. So I thought it would be fun to explore some of the other ways in which PowerPoint can be used, if only to break free of any preconceived notions about what can or can’t be done with this amazing software. The first thing that baffled me was that several artists have been using PowerPoint to create artwork that has actually been exhibited in galleries and museums. Take a look at the two following examples.

Artists using PowerPoint

David Byrne

PowerPoint art by David Byrne

(Image source & copyright: David Byrne)

10 years ago, musician and artist David Byrne released a book and DVD featuring PowerPoint artwork that has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. They might look a bit pathetic in this day and age, but in 2003 this must have been hot stuff!

“It started off as a joke (…) but then the work took on a life of its own as I realized I could create pieces that were moving, despite the limitations of the medium.”

As far as I know, David has been the first established artist to exhibit PowerPoint art globally and reaching a vast international audience with this type of work. More on his website.

Michael Riedel

Installation view of the 2013 solo exhibition Michael Riedel: PowerPoint

Installation view of the 2013 solo exhibition Michael Riedel: PowerPoint at David Zwirner, New York. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London

Frankfurt-based contemporary artist Michael Riedel created a series of large screen prints called PowerPoint. The video below shows the exhibition in New York City.


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For this project, Riedel imported some of his previous works (“Poster Paintings”) into Microsoft PowerPoint, added lots of transitions between the slides and then took screenshots of the presentation while shifting from slide to slide. The process follows his model of “self-sustaining artistic production”, using reproduction as a means to “reintroduce the system of art into the art system.”
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More PowerPoint art

Besides these established artists, there are a number of designers who are just having fun with PowerPoint, creating some stunning pieces that show off their abilities. These are my favorites.

Ziv Mizrahi

PowerPoint art process by Ziv Mizrahi

In order to create “copies” of famous paintings in PowerPoint, Israeli graphic designer Ziv Mizrahi breaks them down to their basic components: “it amuses me to connect the basic and the masterpiece,” he told Israeli newspaper Hareetz. “I look at the original painting, break it apart in my mind and then create it from scratch using the software’s basic shapes.”

Ziv used these shapes for Magritte’s Son of Man pictured above (click to enlarge).

The ongoing project is called “pptify”
(Images courtesy of Ziv Mizrahi)

Michael Wiens

Our very own Michael Wiens has created some amazing artwork using PowerPoint (check out last month’s post).


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What else?

Do you know of any other cool artworks created with PowerPoint? I’d love to hear about it.

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  1. […] Mein erster Blog-Beitrag über PowerPoint-Kunst wurde bereits im Dezember in deutscher und englischer Sprache […]


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