Remix III (2008)

Overview: ideas and intentions In contemporary experience, media-saturated and data-driven, human and computer decisions - and corresponding actions - are increasingly intertwined. The technological precision of the machine operates in conjunction with the errors and inflections of the individual humans who program the computers and enter the data. My works are metaphors for this blend of the human and the machine, combining the hands-off exactitude of computer programming with the hands-on discipline of traditional art making, merging a sense of technological precision with the visible presence of the human hand.

Authorship is shared; as artist/programmer, I code the program that drives the computer, which determines composition via random number generation, creating output which then directs my hand. My work maps the output of computer algorithms, a practice significantly different from using the computer purely as a tool or facilitator. Code structure generates visual structure, and each individual execution of the ...

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Overview: ideas and intentions In contemporary experience, media-saturated and data-driven, human and computer decisions - and corresponding actions - are increasingly intertwined. The technological precision of the machine operates in conjunction with the errors and inflections of the individual humans who program the computers and enter the data. My works are metaphors for this blend of the human and the machine, combining the hands-off exactitude of computer programming with the hands-on discipline of traditional art making, merging a sense of technological precision with the visible presence of the human hand.

Authorship is shared; as artist/programmer, I code the program that drives the computer, which determines composition via random number generation, creating output which then directs my hand. My work maps the output of computer algorithms, a practice significantly different from using the computer purely as a tool or facilitator. Code structure generates visual structure, and each individual execution of the code generates the map for a unique artwork.

Process: Each work begins inside the computer using a custom program that I have designed and authored. First, a computer algorithm creates data within a flexible ruleset that leaves many decisions up to the computer. Next, the program translates the data, literally mapping the path and decisions of the algorithm to generate a computer image that is then printed to serve as the cartoon for the work.

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