In our developing digital age, artists and designers are utilising new technologies that are swiftly becoming as expressive as the more traditional handcraft mediums of paint and sculpture. Code:Craft is a new exhibition specially curated for Museums Sheffield by digital arts organisation Lovebytes exploring the remarkable creative potential of the software that turned computer programming into an art form.
Making its debut at the Millennium Gallery, Code:Craft will look at the creative impact of new computer coding tools such as Processing and Open Frameworks and will feature new work by the artists and designers that have created, shared and adopted these technologies. Since its development in 2001, Processing has been used to create music videos by Radiohead and REM to commercials by Nike and Budweiser, and has even been used to visualise coastal marine ecosystems. The exhibition will explore how artists have utilised these âopen source' technologies to produce everything from large-scale interactives to explorations of the mathematical forms and patterns in nature, which originally provided the inspiration for the development of the technology itself.
Code:Craft will play host to a brand new commission by American digital artist and co-developer of Processing, C E B Reas, alongside new work by Golan Levin and William Ngan. The exhibition will also feature Mehmet Akten's physically interactive digital installation, Body Paint, which will see visitors use their whole body to paint with pixels on the walls of the gallery. Amongst the other works on show will be animated projections by Daniel Brown and 3D laser cut sculptures that have been generated using computer systems designed by David Dessens and Daniel Widrig.
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