This exhibition is the first to describe one of the possible histories of generative art - an almost unexplored but extremely dynamic field of contemporary art since the 1960s.
This was exemplified in the creative work of five international pioneers in the world of digital arts: Ernest Edmonds (b.1942), Manfred Mohr (b.1938), Vera Molnár (b.1924), Frieder Nake (b.1938), and Roman Verostko (b.1929). They became known as The Algorists.
Bringing completely different backgrounds and experiences – monastic life, jazz music, traditional painting, philosophy, mathematics, and logic studies – they experimented with the creative use of the algorithm and computer code to construct their works and make art.
The use of algorithm creates an accessible and stimulating narrative, highlighting the personal achievements of each artist, their original inspirations, and how they develop in parallel with technological advances.
Through digital art-related lectures and artist talks, the exhibit brings together international scholars, researchers, curators, educators and practitioners to discuss historical issues, opportunities and challenges in contemporary interactive and generative art.
Francesca Franco, Research Fellow, in collaboration with Stefano Coletto. The central theme of Francesca's research is the history of art and technology and the pioneers of computer art. Increasingly it concerns issues of generative and interactive art and the connections between Constructivism and Systems art in early computational art.