Call for entries
Deadline: 20 January 2012
Generator.x 3.0 : From code to atoms
An openLAB Masterclass with Marius Watz
Call for participation deadline : January 20th!
Workshop / Production Lab: February 18-24th
Exhibition: February 25-26th
This openLAB is the first masterclass on Digital Fabrication at iMAL in Brussels. With an emphasis on forms generated by code, it will end with an exhibition of the works produced by the participants.
Participants will explore how software processes can be combined with digital fabrication to produce physical objects that are the result of dynamic software systems, opening new fields for artists, designers and other creative people. Specifically, we will look at how generative systems can be used to create objects according to a programmed logic, allowing for great complexity and a semi-automated model of creativity.
This openLAB is the evolution of Generator.x 2.0: Beyond the Screen, a workshop and exhibition that took place in Berlin during Transmediale 2008. Generator.x is a curatorial platform set up by Marius Watz to explore the implications of computational aesthetics, and these workshops are intended to function both as discourse and practice.
For this 2012 edition in Brussels we propose to use the latest low-cost 3D Printers (Makerbots) as well as a large and powerful laser cutter machine. The main software tool will be Processing, but we also welcome users of other tools like VVVV, PD or OpenFrameworks. The workshop will be hands-on and geared towards producing projects ready for exhibition at the end of the project. Participants will be expected to be familiar with code and generative strategies. There will be short tutorials demonstrating certain techniques, but the main focus is on the participants’ own work.
Marius Watz is a Norwegian artist working with visual abstraction through generative systems. An autodidact, he quit his Computer Science studies to pursue visual work based on code. He is known for his bold use of colors and hard-edged geometric compositions. Recently he has been exploring digital fabrication technologies to create complex abstract forms and structures, synthesizing form as the product of parametric behaviors and freezing ephemeral data structures into solid form.
Workshop / Production Lab
(weekend lunches + drinks included)
iMAL – 30, Quai des Charbonnages/Koolmijnenkaai