Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965-2018 is an exhibit of tech-inspired art at the Whitney Museum in New York City. Created through code, sets of instruction, and algorithms, the artwork is conceptual and computational. The pieces reflect the evolution of technology from the mid-20th century to the present day.
Some of the highlights of this exhibit are described below:
Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Katherine Moriwaki’s piece, America’s Got No Talent, explores the influence of social media on American pop culture. The project depicts how popular opinion through tweets and retweets impacted the success of American television programs.
John F. Simon altered a laptop computer for his software art piece, Color Panel v1.0. The software selects color combinations randomly without repeating the same sequence. The squares and rectangles suggest early modernist geometric abstraction.
CodeProfiles is a piece of digital art created by W. Bradford Paley. The work uses Java to make a statement about its own construction. The actual code is on a screen with instructions to produce 3 symbolic lines. The amber line traces the points where people read code in a linear fashion. The white line shows the insertion of the code and represents that programmers use code to express their thoughts. The green line is an iteration to represent the function of the computer to process the code.
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Robbin Koenig, M.A., M.S. is an educator with an avid interest in technology and science education. She has taught students in prekindergarten through high school. Robbin enjoys volunteer work, exploring the N.Y.C. cultural arts scene, and anything pertaining to wildlife.