Join Eyebeam for a discussion on software’s influence on design, art, data and culture. How do software tools shape the visual aesthetics of contemporary media and design? What motivated developers in the 1960s and ‘70s to create the concepts and techniques that now underlie contemporary applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Final Cut? What happens to the idea of a “medium” after previously media-specific tools have been simulated and extended into software?
Lev Manovich (CUNY Graduate Center) will discuss key ideas from his new book Software Takes Command (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). Christiane Paul will talk about software art's aesthetics and poetics, as well as its position within art history and the artworld at large. Paul D. Miller (D.J. Spooky) will present his forthcoming book The Imaginary App - an anthology of art and scholarship on app-computing co-authored by Svitlana Matviyenko. Artist and Eyebeam Fellow Katie Torn will talk about her her transition from traditional art and illustration to working in a complete 3D Maya-generated environment. This talk is held in tandem with Katie Torn’s exhibit Dream House, currently on view in the Eyebeam Storefront.