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Art from Code - Generator.x Exhibition
National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway

Exhibition Text

Artists and designers create their works through programming. The source code is an aesthetic tool, in the same way that canvas and brushes were the tools of previous generations of artists. The artists create generative processes where shapes and images are produced by systems described in code. Visitors can help influence the picture. Joint production with Atelier Nord. The Generator.x exhibition will open in Oslo with the Generator.x conference, and then tour until 2008.

The exhibition is divided into two sections:

1) Code as material
Rather than simply using software as a tool, these artists have code as their primary artistic material. They create their work through dynamic systems incorporating algorithmic rules, simulation of physical properties and complexity theory.

The works in this section have been created especially for Generator.x, and are shown as projections (Reas, Lia and Oschatz) and sound works (Lossius).

Participating artists:
Lia (AT) Trond Lossius (NO) Sebastian Oschatz (DE) C.E.B.Reas (US)

2) Code as method
The works in this section show the use of generative strategies applied to problems from design and architecture. They include innovative visualizations of complex information sources, computational approaches to architectural problems or software for new types of expression. The works are shown as large-scale prints.

Participating artists:
Pablo Miranda Carranza (SE / SP) Lionel Theodore Dean (UK) Ben Fry (US) Jürg Lehni (CH) Golan Levin (US) Martin Wattenberg (US)

The Generator.x exhibition is curated by Marius Watz and produced by The National Touring Exhibitions of Norway (Riksutstillinger).