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Writing the Score for Drawing

Mon, 27 Feb 2012

Writing the Score for Drawing

6:30pm for 7:00pm Wednesday 14 October 2009

Speaker: Roman Verostko

Birkbeck College
Centre for Film and Visual Media
43 Gordon Square

Nearest tubes: Euston Square, Warren Street & Russell Square.

The BCS CAS SG is pleased to announce that our Autumn Programme continues with a presentation by Roman Verostko who was awarded the SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award at last month's SIGGRAPH conference in New Orleans. Roman is visiting London and we are very lucky to have this oportunity to hear him speak. Please note that because of Roman's schedule this talk is on the SECOND Wednesday and not our usual first Wednesday.

This talk is free and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Writing the Score for Drawing.

Roman outlines sources that dominated his pursuit as an artist for over 60 years. He identifies "form generating" ideas from pioneers of non-objective art that shaped his pre-algorist work and have continued to shape his approach to algorithmic art. His presentation illustrates the transition from what he calls "art-mind guiding hand" to "art-mind guiding machine". By doing so he suggests that the "decision bit" and one's art ideas are inseparable. For this session he will include a brief addendum on his 2008 project, the Upsidedown Book and Mural for which he resurrected pre-algorist drawings and transformed them with digital tools.

Roman Verostko, born 1929, Art Institute of Pittsburgh (1949), Professor Emeritus, MCAD (1994). Primarily a painter in his pre-algorist work, Roman also experimented with new media with showings of his programmed audio-visuals in 1967 long before exhibiting his first fully algorist work, "The Magic Hand of Chance", in 1982. A founding member of the algorists he is known best for his richly colored algorithmic pen and brush drawings. His generative software controls up to 14 pens and achieves expressive brush strokes driving oriental brushes with a pen plotter. His seminal paper, "Epigenetic Painting: Software as Genotype" (ISEA, Utrecht, 1988), outlined the biological analogues to generative art (

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