January 16, 2014 · 6:00 PM
This week we'll hear about a generative art application that brings together data mining, programming and motion capture. Our speaker, the creator of this clever application, will be Janell Baxter, from the Arts and Media Department, School of Media Arts at Columbia College.
Generative art uses algorithms and autonomous systems to create artwork. Complex patterns can emerge from simple rules and behavior associated with a higher intelligence is displayed; the patterns that surface may look intentional - as if someone is orchestrating the results. Janell will talk about generative art and show a series that she has been working on for nine years. In each iteration irony and a play on how actions and intent can be misinterpreted are addressed. The application itself, its code, and the resulting work created by the application have been shown in galleries (including Antena and Koscielak Gallery in Chicago), in online exhibits and virtual spaces, and presented at conferences.