Machines munch digital delicacies to make art

Thursday 7 July 2011

Digital files will be gobbled up and turned into works of art by machines in an exhibition being ‘switched on’ today at ANU.

Art Machine will see machines transform text, video and photos submitted online into original ‘visual structures’ and digital displays. Exhibition curator Christopher Fulham, from the ANU School of Art, said that Art Machine will present the submitted digital content in a range of ways.

“The submitted files will be scrambled together and presented on projectors, as 3D visual sculptures and on LCD screens,” he said. “The diverse visual installation will also run online.

“All of the machines in Art Machine have been coded to act on people’s submissions in particular ways. For example, images will be turned into various forms of pixels and visualisations. The content providers aren’t aware of how the machines will operate and the machine-coders aren’t aware of the specific content their machines will operate on.

“In this exhibition artistic intent, content, production materials and the final presentation of the artwork operate independently of each other, yet combine to create a unique art experience.”

Mr Fulham added that Art Machine removes curatorial influence by accepting all submitted digital content and using it in the exhibition.

“With Art Machine I wanted to create an exhibition that would both surprise and engage. I also wanted to develop a way for anyone to contribute digital content to the show.

“This situation will continue to run live throughout the three-week exhibition and visitors will be able to experience Art Machine as a constantly evolving and shifting experience. Art Machine is an opportunity for everyone to contribute digital content and be part of a gallery digital art experience.

“Art Machine explores the boundaries between digital art, code-art and new media installation. It makes us question what exactly constitutes art; the intent of the artist, the materials used, the mode of presentation or the experiences of the viewer.”

Art Machine runs at the ANU School of Art Gallery from 7-30 July. More information is available online at http://www.artmachine.tv/

For interviews: Christopher Fulham, ANU School of Art

For media assistance: James Giggacher, ANU Media – 02 6125 7988 or 0416 249 24

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WHAT: Art Machine launch

WHEN: 6pm, Thursday 7 July

WHERE: School of Art Gallery, Ellery Crescent, ANU

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