Insight: ‘In Our Code’, a collaboration between humans and machines in the language of code, Irem Erkin, δημοσίευση στο CLOT Magazine [14/10/2022]Marilena Pateraki
Unit London, a global artistic platform and a pioneering contemporary gallery model, has brought together 11 innovative artists in collaboration with renowned generative art patron AOI, ‘Art on Internet’, in their first digital art exhibition at their London gallery, In Our Code.
Coinciding with Frieze London, the exhibition presents renowned generative art artists who work at the intersection between binary code and human consciousness, including Tyler Hobbs, Casey Reas, and IX Shells. Highlighting how digital and physical mediums are becoming ever more interconnected, In Our Code examines the dynamics at play between the artist’s hand and the computational interpretation.
Generative art has been around since the early 1960s, and today’s generative artists, whose works are displayed in this exhibition, continue to investigate the role and reasoning behind the creator and their work. Each of the exhibiting artists uses a unique system of data entry or manipulation to construct their visual outputs via a specific autonomous system. The output is influenced by the artist’s creative framework, yet they cede control to an autonomous system.
In Our Code poses a philosophical question – when generative artists started producing work in the mid-20th Century, they used analogue technology like plotting machines to create their art, and practices have evolved alongside technological advancements. But they faced resistance and weren’t widely accepted as artists because of their use of intermediary machines. This exhibition invites viewers to examine the complex relationship between artist and machine, between consciousness and code” claims Joe Kennedy, Co-Founder of Unit London.
When artists started using devices to produce art in the early sixties, they were perceived as outcasts because the practice was regarded as something that was actually more aligned with a scientific or technological pursuit, as opposed to an artistic one.