Wednesday, September 9, 2009

[Yasmin_announcements] CAS October Talk: Roman Verostko

The Computer Arts Society is pleased to announce that our Autumn
Programme continues with a presentation by Roman Verostko who was
awarded the SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award at last month's
SIGGRAPH conference in New Orleans. Roman is visiting London and
we are very lucky to have this oportunity to hear him speak. Please
note that because of Roman's schedule this talk is on the SECOND
Wednesday and not our usual first Wednesday.

This talk is free and members of the public are welcome to

Wednesday 14 October 2009
6:30 for 7:00pm
Birkbeck College, Centre for Film and Visual Media
43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
Nearest tubes - Euston Square, Warren Street & Russell Square

Writing the Score for Drawing.

Roman outlines sources that dominated his pursuit as an artist
for over 60 years. He identifies "form generating" ideas from
pioneers of non-objective art that shaped his pre-algorist work
and have continued to shape his approach to algorithmic art. His
presentation illustrates the transition from what he calls
"art-mind guiding hand" to "art-mind guiding machine". By doing
so he suggests that the "decision bit" and one's art ideas are
inseparable. For this session he will include a brief addendum on
his 2008 project, the Upsidedown Book and Mural for which he
resurrected pre-algorist drawings and transformed them with
digital tools.

Short Bio

Roman Verostko, born 1929, Art Institute of Pittsburgh (1949),
Professor Emeritus, MCAD (1994). Primarily a painter in his
pre-algorist work, Roman also experimented with new media with
showings of his programmed audio-visuals in 1967 long before
exhibiting his first fully algorist work, "The Magic Hand of
Chance", in 1982. A founding member of the algorists he is known
best for his richly colored algorithmic pen and brush drawings.
His generative software controls up to 14 pens and achieves
expressive brush strokes driving oriental brushes with a pen
plotter. His seminal paper, "Epigenetic Painting: Software as
Genotype" (ISEA, Utrecht, 1988), outlined the biological
analogues to generative art (

CAS Autumn Programme continues:
Wed 04 Nov - George Malllen
Wed 02 Dec - Iris Asaf

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