ExhibitionBlossom

Bas Hendrikx

With Philip Janssens, Hans Köhler, Georg Nees, Sylvia Roubaud, Manfred Robert Schroeder, Samantha Thole, Edward Zajec and Vilko Žiljak.

What if technology is not adequate and sufficient? This question has become superfluous in our day and age of machine learning. What’s more, in this start-up society we tend to look down on impossibilities. We use words like ‘opportunity’ and ‘challenge’ in stead. And we learn algorithms to get to know our habits so they can be of use to us, whether we asked for it or not. Technology is there to serve us and if it doesn’t exist, we create it.

Having said that, the first visual artists started using algorithms and formulas to generate images as early as the 1960s. The range of options was obviously much more limited at that time, but this art form was popular in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Croatia. Despite its mechanical nature, these works of art
often resemble patterns from nature, biology and astronomy. The Blossom exhibition shows how these unusual works of art relate to the work of contemporary visual artists.