Generative Unfoldings

A series of commissioned generative art works

Curated by poet and MIT professor of digital media, Nick Montfort, the Generative Unfoldings exhibition is a collection of 14 generative software artworks commissioned by CAST.

An open call for sketches and prototypes asked artists to respond to the following question: How can artist-programmers working in the field of computer-generated art make unique contributions to the current discussion of artificial intelligence (AI)? A jury of practicing creative coders and critical technologists—namely, Montfort, Sarah Rosalena Balbuena-Brady, D. Fox Harrell, Lauren Lee McCarthy, and Parag K. Mital—reviewed the sketches and awarded the commissions. The artists here release their works both as the Generative Unfoldings (Screen) exhibition of in-browser artworks (permanently hosted on CAST’s servers) and as a Generative Unfoldings (Code) GitHub repository (where all the works’ codes are available to the public as free software).

Image: Alexander Mordvintsev, detail .gif from Hexells, 2020. Courtesy of the Artist.

The Invisible College

A multi-platform artwork exploring the many dimensions of MIT

The Invisible College, created by 2018–21 Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist Matthew Ritchie, incorporates the many dimensions of the university—social, material, intellectual, technological—from the informal conversations to the new technologies being developed in the labs. In exploring the Institute as both an information space and a physical one, Ritchie captures those states of turbulence, chaos, and indeterminacy—the rush between classes, or the blurry moment before a picture sharpens into legibility—sketchy zones that, as he says, create “the most generative space for the radical rethinking of reality.”

Image: Matthew Ritchie, rendering for The Invisible College. Courtesy of the artist.