An ambitious exhibition of digital art and design opens this month at the Barbican Centre – Digital Revolution, featuring several works specially commissioned for the show – including our featured BCS image this month by Usman Haque, and much else besides to surprise and delight followers of the digital medium. Read all about it here.
Andy Lomas is a self-confessed code junky, saying, I write it for my own pleasure. His Morphogenetic Creations on view earlier this year at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, has just been awarded one of the best artworks at the Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) conference recently held in London. This month at the BCS he shares with us this amazing image and his coding vision.
This month we are considering a truly extraordinary use of the digital. Artist and creative entrepreneur Anna Hill is exploring how immersive art can communicate the human experience of space travel and, in her words, bring space down to earth. Read all about her unique approach in our BCS feature here:http://www.bcs.org/content/conWebDoc/52588
Digital Opera is emerging as a new art form and our BCS image this month is a still fromSecret Garden, the world’s first opera and ballet created for the iPad by media artist Professor Martin Rieser from his original poems, set to music by composer Professor Andrew Hugill. It aims to recreate a contemporary interactive version of the Eden myth in an urban environment through a virtual reality amalgam of animation, poetry and sound. Full article here: http://www.bcs.org/content/conWebDoc/52341
James Faure Walker’s art is fundamentally about painting; the act of applying paint, whether it be digital or physical, to a surface. The pictorial elements of line, form, space and most of all colour work together to create an art that is appealing to the eye, yet intrigues and resonates with the viewer, staying with us long after we look away. Our featured image this month for the BCS is no exception, read the full article here.
It was my great pleasure recently to spend the afternoon with Barbara Nessim, a pioneer in digital art and illustration, and to hear first-hand about her inspiring career spanning six decades. She is the BCS-featured artist this month, read the full article here.
A significant body of her work has been donated to the Victoria & Albert Museum, where it was exhibited in 2013 accompanied by the beautiful monograph Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life, (which I can highly recommend).
Bizarre, strange mutated forms looming out of computer space; William Latham is a gardener steering and evolving forms within a kind of virtual evolution. These images lead
us to imagine we are being allowed in on the secrets of the universe. Following on from his exhibition in Brighton, William is my BCS featured artist for the month of November: http://www.bcs.org/content/conWebDoc/51594
Rob and Nick Carter’s art is a memento mori with a twist, because what appears initially as a painted panel in a wooden frame (of the kind favoured by Dutch 17th-C
masters), upon sustained looking reveals a screen playing a looped animated image of a painted frog breathing its last and slowly decomposing before our eyes. An updated symbolic reminder of the inevitability of death for our digital age. Read more about Transforming Vanitas Painting, in my BCS article this month.