Writing algorithms and programming software as a possibility of speech between human and machine allows a new way of looking at the generative process in the artistic examination of it. The generative was originally described as the elimination of the individual character and as an uncritical use of program code for the computation of a final work. However, today numerous artists deal with the extended scope of action, expressive possibilities and the performative quality of code. In the survey of the artistic qualities of code, this often reveals the examination of it‘s social, political and technological meanings and breaks the generative attribution as a mere instrument.
In the appropriation of a generative process, the artists understand program code less as a craft, but more as an artistic expression and an extended space for action. „Processing“ therefore shows intimate insights as well as societal critic reflections, thus devoting a wide range of ideas and negotiations to the programming artist. In formats such as graphics, videos, sculptures or robots, various manifestations of the generative are examined and discussed in the exhibition. It gives a close look to the lyrical quality of the code, the interweaving of virtual and physical space, the importance of randomness and programming as a global language.
Artist: Ursula & Michael Endlicher, Benjamin Grosser, Mike Huntemann, Martina Menegon, Laurent Mignonneau, Julian Palacz, Niki Passath, Christa Sommerer, Clemens Tschurtschenthaler, and Martin Zeilinger
Curator: Magdalena Stöger
Date: October 27 - November 24, 2017
Venue: GPLcontemporary, Sonnenfelsgasse 6, 1010 Vienna
All images courtesy of the artists and GPLcontemporary.