It’s doing it is an online group exhibition of computer generated images that autonomously updates on a daily basis over the course of 45 days. All of the works in the show are instruction-based artworks expressed through computer programs written by the artists. These programs generate new images once daily that can be viewed on the website. Each instantiation of the show, while being similar to the previous and following ones, is unique, emphasizing the expressive, data-driven, and intelligent possibilities of randomness for art creation in the context of the digital. Previous iterations of each artwork can be seen by changing the date in the top right of this page. Follow us on Twitter to get a daily update of all the newly generated images throughout the duration of the show.
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.
In the installation and series, Untitled Antarctica, seismic images and data collected beneath the ice and the Antarctic seas are presented in two generative video sculptures, a multichannel sound piece, and still images. Machined out of fiberboard using Amundsen submarine data with computer numeric control technology, Amundsen’s Wall, the first video sculpture, is a series of sloping geometric additions to existing walls. The elevation values of the same Amundsen underwater terrain are also used for the sound in the installation, in generative iterations. Made out of glass, Ice Gouge, the second video sculpture, evokes the glaciers that gouge, and their asymmetrical form as they decay over time into water. The scales of the glass pieces are intuitive reactions to data and research.