ROBERT ALLISON – 32 SUNRISES

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ROBERT ALLISON  – 32 SUNRISES

A digital sun rises through a generative canvas, weaving a different colour into this evolving vista on each of its 32 passes. The colours and colour interactions emerge from an underlying computational process – instead of being explicitly chosen – and the process works in real time, so every performance of this piece is unique.

The Artist therefore becomes a creator of procedure, not result; a tool-maker, for tools that use themselves. But is this still Art? In allowing the automaton to run ‘amok’, has the author of the work relinquished any pretension of original expression? And what does this mean for our increasingly inter-connected and automated society, where the machines are taking ever more authority over themselves, and indeed over us?

Of course the real sunrise, sublime and glorious, is but a morning’s manifestation of a much grander process, a process that has been running since the beginning of time.

ROBERT ALLISON

“I am a technological artist and designer from London, now living in Lisbon. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering (BEng, Southampton University), and also Architecture (BArch, Westminster University), reflecting my pursuit of technology and design as a combined discipline.

Before moving to Lisbon I spent two years in San Francisco, and became part of the extraordinary tech art community within that city. I collaborated with Kinetech (kine-tech.org), a dance-art collective, and Codame (codame.com), a technological art organisation, producing interactive and dance performance pieces.

My work focuses on the generative, using computation to create always unique experiences. I show how richness and complexity can emerge from simple processes iterated to a massive scale, explore the potential of the purely computational, the mechanistic, as it approaches the boundary with the natural, the tactile, the ‘real’.”