Todays Art Festival

2008, September 26–27
Projection installation for Todays Art Festival The Hague, curated by Maxalot
Surface area: 45×10 m
Building: VROM, parlement building for Dutch infrastructure
Architect: Jan Hoogstad, 1992
Projection equipment: 2 x Hardware large format projectors (155×155 mm slides) using 7000 watt Xenon lamps
Photograpy: Max Akkerman

What if you had a special little helper who could assist your natural-born creativity into making intricate layouts of curious and beautifully detailed objects and things. Who would be the real creator? What if you had actually made this special little helper yourself to begin with? Artists working with programming do just that, generating their own powerful creators and letting them do the hard work.

Through computer software algorithms written in various scripting languages, more and more artists now use these powerful tools to have information generate mind-blowing imagery. This “processing” of information happens in a combination of order and disorder, and although most behaviours are tightly controlled by the artists, the outcome always presents an element of surprise.

For Todays Art 08 Maxalot presents a selection of today’s pioneering generative artists, projecting new, dedicated pieces commissioned especially for the event, onto the VROM building alongside The Hague’s Centraal Station.