In June of 2018, James Pricer and I opened Generative Art Project to exhibit and promote the best of the new movement from across the globe. James is a generative artist, and I’m a former arts writer.
My interests in science and history drew me to generative, digital, and computer imagery when as a newspaper writer I first began covering art for the Chapel Hill News in 1999. Artists, like writers, record the human experience, and I was curious to see how tech-based artists would document the information age.
Over the past two decades science and technology have increasingly expanded, modified, and controlled our lives. So what does it mean to be human now that being entirely human is no longer the only option, the best option, or even an option at all? Generative art is uniquely positioned to envision the intersection of technology and humanity because it is created in that hybrid intersection.
Additionally, the skills required bring the voices of designers, coders, directors, performers, engineers, scientists, technologists, and musicians to the art world choir. Expect innovation steps and discontinuous leaps.
Historically speaking, art has been a wonderful resource, allowing us to see over time how populations represented themselves and how they conceptualized the issues of their day. How we now adapt to tools that are far more intelligent and capable than we are will be telling.
The artists we exhibit will enlighten, inform, and leave behind reflections on what it means to be human as we experience the end of all we have ever known and turn to face a new, and startling reality.
– Julia Morton
Generative art refers to art that in whole or in part has been created with the use of an autonomous system. An autonomous system in this context is generally one that is non-human and can independently determine features of an artwork that would otherwise require decisions made directly by the artist. In some cases the human creator may claim that the generative system represents their own artistic idea, and in others that the system takes on the role of the creator.
– from Wikipedia