April 9, 2007

C.E.B. Reas: Visual Software Artist
(Process 11)

Filed under: Artist Bios — persee @ 3:10 pm

In 2003, Reas moved to Los Angeles where he is currently an associate professor in the department of Design | Media Arts at UCLA. His classes provide a foundation for thinking about computers and the Internet as an art medium and set a structure for advanced inquiry into synthesis of culture, technology, and aesthetics. Previously, Reas was one of the founding professors at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy.

In 2001, Reas initiated Processing.org with Ben Fry. Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and sound. It is used by students, artists, designers, architects, and researchers for learning, prototyping, and production.

As an artist, Reas employs ideas explored in conceptual and minimal artworks as focused through the contemporary lens of software. Reas’ software and images are derived from short text instructions explaining processes which define networks. The instructions are expressed in different media including natural language, machine code, computer simulations, and static images. Each translation reveals a different perspective on the process and combines with the others to form a more complete representation.

He has shown his work at P.S.1, the American Museum of the Moving Image, Whitney Museum of American Art’s artport, the San Francisco Exploratorium, Ars Electronica in Austria, ZKM in Germany, SIGGRAPH, Transmediale in Berlin, Uijeongbu International Digital Art Festival in Korea, Kunstlerhaus in Vienna, Danish Film Institute, bitforms gallery in New York and Seoul, IAMAS and ICC in Japan, the Microwave International Media Art Festival in Hong Kong, and the Sonar Festival in Barcelona.

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