Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Cube: Theme and Variations

The Cube: Theme and Variations by Edward Zajec
Edward Zajec was among the pioneers of Digital Art in the 1960s. TVC establishes a fundamental shift in conception, the main subject of invention is no longer the design of visual modules, but of procedural ones. The focus is no longer on the geometry of projection, but on the grammatical rules that delimit the possible combinations of the constituent elements.
The Cube: Theme and Variations by Edward Zajec
I turned to the use of computers in 1968. At that time I was experimenting with redundancy in my paintings (repetition of the same module over large areas with only slight shifts in size). The monotony of the manual task and the limited number of variations which I was able to produce in a given time made me realize the inadequacy of traditional methods in dealing with our present reality.

At first I designed programs in which, given a basic repertoire of signs and a set of combinatory rules, the qualitative value of each possible combination depended on a predetermined balance between probability and chance. Later, I tried to extend the autonomy of the programs by developing systems which could produce a number of different combinatory strategies. This was achieved by introducing a determinant tendency which kept referring to a few basic criteria for guidance and qualitative feedback.


Edward Zajec

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