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.