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Colloquium - Nake

ECCR 265

Three Reflections on Computer Art
Frieder Nake
University of Bremen, Germany

Artists of all venues have come to use the computers for their creative work. In the fine arts, this started in the mid-sixties. Today, there is a prestigious annual award (the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria), and a biannual conference (by ISEA, the International Society for Electronic Arts) dedicated to computer art, and many more events.

The talk will single out three aspects of computer support for artistic work, and draw some general conclusion. The three aspects are:

  • Chance as a simulation of intuition. The concept of an information aesthetics will be touched upon.

  • An expert system incorporating a painter's dream. Harold Cohen's program Aaron is the background for a reflection on representative art and photorealistic rendering.

  • Algorithms and the resistance of the material. Manfred Mohr's distinguished pictures result from many years of exploring four-dimensional space.

Although some still raise the question, whether this is, or is not, art, the really interesting point is a in the way an artist relates to his or her work. The loss of immediate influence on the corporeal appearance of a painting is just the other side of a gain in mediated influence on a painting's abstract structure. Material construction gets shifted towards immaterial description. This generalizes to virtually all applications of computers.

The Department holds colloquia throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. These colloquia, open to the public, are typically held on Thursday afternoons, but sometimes occur at other times as well. If you would like to receive email notification of upcoming colloquia, subscribe to our Colloquia Mailing List. If you would like to schedule a colloquium, see Colloquium Scheduling.

Sign language interpreters are available upon request. Please contact Stephanie Morris at least five days prior to the colloquium.

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