What is Algorithmic Art?

A season of exhibits, talks, tutorials and performances from the rapidly growing field of algorithmic art.

The season will be centred at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, from October to December 2019, and will include activities at other venues in Cornwall.

Algorithmic art is a broad umbrella for art where a key element is designed by a mathematical process – a series of logical steps, known as an algorithm. It is a surprise to many that mathematics contains within it many surprisingly beautiful, inticate and organic patterns.

More and more artists are responding to the increasingly digital and automated world in which we live – a world driven and shaped by software, algorithms and data. Artists are exploring code and algorithms both as a tool and as a method, and data as a new medium.

The explosive rise of artificial intelligence and its huge impact on individuals and society can’t be ignored, and artists are actively exploring machine learning methods, including playful exploration, and to ask serious questions about the limits and ethics of pervasive AI.

What’s On?

The programme is being finalised. The following are samples of likely, or already confirmed, events demonstrating the breadth of the programe:

  • Exhibit of beautifully presented forms created by the phenonomon of mathematical chaos.
  • Beginner-friendly tutorials on creative coding, including sessions just for children.
  • Artists leading tutorials on creating different styles of Algorithmic Art
  • Algo-rave live-coded music performances, including tutorials on how to live-code music yourself.
  • Debate on digital skills, algorithmic art and the future creative tech ecosystem.
  • International artist showcasing his passion for creating art reminiscent of fine brush-work entirely through code and mathematics.
  • Engineer from Goonhilly Earth Station recreating an early milestone in algorithmic art using an oscillopsope, designed as an interactive educational installation.


Find Out More

You can find out more about algorithmic art by exploring the broad range of themes covered over the last 2 years by the Algorithmic Art meetup group

and a presentation given recently at an RIC lecture at the Royal Cornwall Museum: