DNA

Dynamic Non-Repeating Art

Dynamic Non-repeating Art (DNA) A computerized method for parametrically generating, distorting and transforming electronic images to continuously create new images. There are many applications of this technology. in fine and graphic arts, book and magazine publishing, film, video and animation production, commercial displays of all kinds, and public works of an architectural nature. The first major DNA intallation was at the Cartier Foundation for Modern Art in France in a show called A Visage Decouvert (the face revealed) in 1992 alongside works of master artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, Bacon and many others.
The program creates images by repeatedly introducing random and algorithmic numbers to a set of routines. By modifying the centralized rule set one can completely change the range of expression, gender and ethnicity as well as stylistic parameters. It is not unlike defining the rules by which one might form a particular species.
Old Man and New Man 1997
36" x 48"

 

 

These works are intellectually and emotionally provocative. As the machine constructs images of faces and modifies them before one's eyes, various perceptual, associative and interpretive functions are brought to bear by the viewer. The resulting experience is, in part, the entirely novel definition of the relationship between artist, concept/object, and viewer. The work yields to the viewer in all matters of content, meaning and interpretation, in as much as it attributes no object-specific intention to the artist; a perfect inversion of the usual relationship.