DevArt due scoop £25K prize

Not quite sure what to make of this. Computerised art has moved on a long way from ingenious but low-fi ASCII Art, of course…

DevArt with Google

DevArt with Google

To be precise this is DevArt with Google – see – so the programmatic creativity involves open source and Google-friendly technology (such as Chrome apps and using the Google Compute Engine, in the winning entry).

The company writes:

DevArt is a new type of art. It is made with code, by developers that push the possibilities of creativity and technology. They use technology as the canvas and code as the raw materials to create innovative, engaging digital art installations.

The compo has now closed and Google outlines some of the entries it received (you can follow the links, and see even more on its dedicated DevArt page):

Mapping a dream as it navigates through your brain using G+APIs. Exploring metamorphosis through storytelling in the form of a poetic adventure with Chrome Apps and Compute API. Travelling through a playful giant map that explores fantasy and reality on a huge scale using Map API. Creating music through the touch of your finger on a simple piece of wood using Android.

The winner of the £25K prize? A French duo, Cyril Diagne and Béatrice Lartigue, who present Les métamorphoses de Mr. Kalia, an “interactive poetic adventure around the theme of metamorphosis in the human body”.

You can see a trailer for the work below.


Note that London’s Barbican Centre will host a ‘Digital Revolution‘ exhibition (3 July – 14 September 2014), and the DevArt project will be part of it.

This immersive and interactive exhibition brings together for the first time a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers, pushing the boundaries of their fields using digital media. It also looks at the dynamic developments in the areas of creative coding and DIY culture and the exciting creative possibilities offered by augmented reality, artificial intelligence, wearable technologies and 3-D printing.

The exhibition includes new commissions from artists Umbrellium (Usman Haque and Nitipak ‘Dot’ Samsen) and Universal Everything; global music artist and entrepreneur and artist Yuri Suzuki as well as DevArt, a major new collaboration with Google exploring creative coding. The show also features work by Oscar-winning VFX Supervisor Paul Franklin and his team at Double Negative for Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking film Inception as well as Framestore’s innovative visual effects behind Gravity. Artists and performers include Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin, Amon Tobin and Philip Glass; and game developers including Harmonix Music.

Tickets cost from £8.50.


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