Tools Series #1

  • Processing and Generative Art 

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    Workshop and lecture by Marius Watz

    The state of computational aesthetics


    Watz will introduce the basics of Processing, followed by how to design a generative system from the ground up. Participants will learn how systems can be tweaked and remixed to generate a range of visual outputs. Topics will include basic composition and animation, how to generate good pseudo-random colors and how to apply GUI control to a generative form. The examples provided will also demonstrate how to generate professional output for print and video.

    This workshop is suitable for beginners to intermediate. Some Processing experience is recommended, but the workshop will include a quick introduction to the language. Beginners or those experienced with other languages than Processing should be able to pick it up from the code examples. Attendees should come equipped with their own laptop.

    Places are limited. Send an email before 20 January to carmin[at]baltanlaboratories[.]org with your name, full address and your background to ensure your placement! The workshop takes place in TAC Temporary Art Centre, Vonderweg 1, 5611 BK Eindhoven.

    Computational aeshtetics - processuality as material
    A lecture by Marius Watz

    Friday 25 January 2013
    TAC, Vonderweg 1, 5611 BK Eindhoven.
    Start: 17.30 hrs.
    Entrance free

    During the lecture Watz will explain the state of computational aesthetics, from early pioneers to the recent boom in creatives working with code. From infoporn to data sculpture and generative landscape painting, what new ideas are coming out of this new movement? And how do you deal with algorithmic clichés anyway?

    Marius Watz is an artist working with visual abstraction through generative systems. He is known for his bold use of colors and hard-edged geometric compositions. Watz is a lecturer at the Oslo School of Architecture and at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Department of design. He has given many workshops and lectures on topics like as computational aesthetics, live cinema and digital fabrication.

    About Marius Watz
    Marius Watz (NO) is an autodidact, he dropped out of Computer Science studies to pursue visual work based on parametric processes. Watz has exhibited internationally at venues including Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Todaysart (The Hague), ITAU Cultural (Sao Paulo), Museumsquartier (Vienna), and ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur (Oslo). In 2010 he was commissioned to create “Prime”, a permanent public artwork for the Bybanen light rail system in Bergen.

    In 2005 Marius Watz founded Generator.x, a curatorial platform that has resulted in a series of events related to generative art and design. Generator.x 1.0 was a conference at Atelier Nord in Oslo, accompanied by a travelling exhibition organized by the Norwegian National Museum that lasted until the end of 2007. A Generator.x concert tour of audiovisual performances was initiated in March 2006 and continues to this day. He is currently based in New York and Oslo.

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