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William Latham: Mutator 2
1 November 2014 until 31 January 2015
Exhibitions at DJCAD is delighted to present the first solo exhibition in Scotland by William Latham, a pioneering figure of Computer Art in the UK since the 1980s. The exhibition includes Latham’s interactive video works, drawings and prints that explore and embody evolutionary processes, physical and virtual space.
Central to the exhibition is a three screen interactive video projection Mutator 2 Triptych (2013), using software modelled on the processes of evolution, it blends organic imagery and computer animation. Through computer touch screens, visitors are able to shape and mutate vibrant animated forms in real time. Starting with a simple horn-like shape, Mutator 2 Triptych introduces random ‘mutations’ in order to generate increasingly complex three-dimensional creations that resemble fantastical, futuristic organisms, transforming the gallery into a fascinating world of hybrid forms, a process Latham describes as “evolution driven by aesthetics”.
Mutator 2 simultaneously highlights a series of early drawings and prints by Latham. Latham’s intricate drawings show an imagined evolution of complex forms developed following a simple set of transformation rules such as ‘beak, bulge, stretch and twist’. Although in contrast visually and experientially to the colourful computer graphics of Mutator 2 Triptych, these early works share Latham’s on-going concern with systems and process to underline the motives of aesthetics and scientific development inherent in his practice.
The exhibition is the first major solo exhibition of Latham’s work in Scotland and is programed as part of the Dundee Science Festival 2014. An Artist’s Talk by William Latham with introduction by Prof. Nigel Johnson on 13 November, 5.30-6.30pm, encourages further insight into the inter-relation between the fields of art, science and computer science technology as well as providing a closer examination of Latham’s practice.
Preview: 31 October, 5.30-7.30pm
Artist’s Talk: 13 November, 5.30-6.30pm