Algorithmics and Aesthetics, A Talk by Frieder Nake

Frieder Nake

Frieder Nake will discuss “Algorithmics and Aesthetics – On Digital Images” as a guest lecturer of Ad Astra, the Edith O’Donnell Institute for Art History lecture series and the Arts & Technology Colloquia at UT Dallas. The talk will take place on Monday, October 6 at 4 pm in the Texas Instruments Auditorium, ECSS 2.102.

Nake is a mathematician and pioneer in computer art. He is professor of interactive computer graphics and digital media at the University of Bremen and University of the Arts Bremen, Germany. Nake has taught in Canada and many other places. He was a recent nominee for the Visionary Pioneer of Media Art award of Prix Ars Electronica.

About “Algorithmics and Aesthetics — On Digital Images”

Computer art is now about 50 years old. As in McLuhan’s famous slogan, its early attempts were examples of the medium being the message. The algorithmic principle, essence of computing science, became the driving force for this approach to art. We will review important events and examples of the first years of computer art. It established itself as a very special aspect of conceptual art.

Only with interactive art, however, digital art gained enough of autonomy and started formulating its own aesthetic questions. We will take a look at generative aesthetics, and show some, perhaps surprising, connections to the broad stream of art history, e.g. Monet, Mondrian, Pollock, Albers, Götz, G. Richter.

Donor Adds Contemporary Art Collection to Buildings’ Canvas

Visiting certain hallways on the UT Dallas campus can be more like strolling through a contemporary art museum than walking to class.

Art by Ludwig Schwarz is part of the Davidow Collection.
Art by Ludwig Schwarz is part of the Davidow Collection.

Thanks to a gift from collector and contemporary art advocate Joan Davidow, bare walls of the Erik Jonsson Academic Center and the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building are now covered with work from some of Texas’ budding artists.

Davidow is the former director of the Dallas Contemporary, an art museum known for presenting new and challenging ideas. Her gift of more than 150 pieces includes works from Texas artists she has collected over the last 20 years.

“I am honored and delighted to see my personal and meaningful collection enter the halls of UT Dallas. This art will expand creative thinking beyond the classroom and enhance the lives of both the University community and the visiting public daily,” Davidow said.

To celebrate Davidow’s gift, an exhibition titled Tech Talk will be presented in the Edith O’Donnell ATEC Building’s first-floor gallery. The show opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday and features the artwork of 15 emerging and midcareer Texas artists whose themes and methods reflect the budding technology of our era.

Joan Davidow
Joan Davidow

“An exhibition of art by rising stars located in a new building that houses a program of ascending significance: It is a union that is both obvious and provocative,” said Dr. Dennis M. Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities. “I am delighted to welcome the Davidow Collection — and hope that its presence calls attention to the role of the visual arts, our MFA in Arts and Technology, and the stunningly exciting art that has been, is being and will be produced at UT Dallas.”

UT Dallas art professor John Pomara, whose early work is included in Davidow’s collection, helped curate the exhibition.

“This gift is very exciting,” Pomara said. “Joan Davidow caught a lot of artists early in their careers just as they were beginning to establish a name for themselves. Her collection gives insight into the time when these artists were developing a style and evolving into who they are today. Many of the artists in her collection are now exhibiting in major galleries in places like New York City.”

Pomara said that art in the hallways helps to humanize and enliven previous empty spaces.

“The human touch that comes with the collection will raise the awareness of our students as they might stop and discuss a challenging piece of art,” he said. “This gift is truly amazing, a generous gift, and will bring more art to campus in the days ahead.”

ATEC Professor Publishes New eBook on the Union of Art and Science

screen480x480Dr. Moon Kim, a professor of materials science and engineering, has published Art & Technology, an interactive book for the iPad that focuses on the union of art and science.

The book explores how art and science were born and how they diverged but continued to influence each other throughout the ages.

“Through our explorations, you will come across many things that you may be unable to distinguish as art or science,” said Kim.  Dr. Kim also teaches courses in the Arts and Technology program.

The app was created with the help of Arts and Technology alumni Aaron Klick BA ’12 and Jorden Gray BA ’14. Gray created  illustrations for the app and Klick developed the interactive elements as well as artwork. Klick is also currently pursuing his MFA in Arts and Technology.

Art & Technology is available for download from the Apple App store.

About the Author

Moon Kim teaches materials science and engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas, where he is a Louis Beecherl, Jr., Distinguished Professor and a Professor of Arts and Technology.

He is also an adjunct professor at the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center in Dallas and an elected fellow of Microscopy Society of America.

He spends much of his time exploring new applications for nanotechnology, but he also believes in the importance of providing young people with fun, hands-on opportunities to learn about the thrill of scientific discovery.

Art & Technology is now available for purchase on iTunes.

ATEC Prof to Speak at Google’s Paris Office

Data Dramatisation: A Data Remix Rehearsal


In this ‘lecture-performance’, UT Dallas Arts and Technology professor Roger Malina and  artist Andrew Blanton will present work in progress though sound performances and presentation of works created in the lab. This will include data remixing of scientific data from collaborators in the brain sciences (connectome data), in astronomy (deep field survey from antactica) and geosciences.

The ArtSciLab at The University of Texas at Dallas was founded in late 2013. The lab is developing a number of projects and strategies around multimodal data representation and experimental publishing.

Roger Malina
ATEC Professor Roger F. Malina is a space scientist and astronomer, with a specialty in extreme and ultraviolet astronomy, space instrumentation and optics. He served as director of the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence and was NASA Principal Investigator for the Extreme Ultraviolet Satellite project at the University of California, Berkeley.

Andrew Blanton
Andrew Blanton is a composer and media artist. He received his BM in Music Performance from The University of Denver (2008) and a Masters of Fine Arts in New Media Art at the University of North Texas (2013). His current work focuses on the emergent potential between cross-disciplinary arts and technology, building sound environments through software development, and writing music for those environments.