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SF021 Introduction to New Media Art through Algorithmic Image Making

  • 02 Feb 2019
  • 16 Feb 2019
  • 3 sessions
  • 02 Feb 2019, 10:30 AM 12:30 PM
  • 09 Feb 2019, 10:30 AM 12:30 PM
  • 16 Feb 2019, 10:30 AM 12:30 PM
  • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
  • 7



Geometric diagrams use the visual features of specific drawn objects to convey meaning. Cartography, the science or practice of drawing maps, has been a useful tool even before we had cities. What do these have to do with mark-making, painting, drawing and art at all? Media art practices can be defined as the decision or systems artists use to make their art. 

In this workshop we will explore the history of algorithmic image making — from sacred (and ancient) Islamic math-based art to the introduction of the computer and evolution into contemporary practices. This will be followed by an investigation into what this means for such artists as: Sol LeWitt, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Stefanie Posavec.

An introduction to media practice would not be complete without a medium. Through the use of a simple program we will explore a data visualization with the objective to gain a bit more understanding of media practices through algorithmic image making.

Suitable for all with basic computer skills interested in exploring new modes for creative expression. Participants need to bring a laptop to class.

About the instructor: Naomi Cook lives and works between Montreal and Paris. She studied Art and Philosophy at Concordia University, Montreal. Her technique stems from her interest in engravings, sound, and visual representations of data. Her work has been featured in several group exhibitions in Montreal and abroad. Her works were selected by Canadian Art as favorites of the 2015 edition of PAPIER Art Fair, Montreal. In 2016, she was in Paris at Récollets as part of the Résidences Croisées France-Québec.

Image Credit:  Laura Battle, Summer Passing, 2013

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