ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art

Ernest A. Edmonds, Sue Gollifer
2017 Leonardo: Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology  
The 2017 ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art is awarded to Ernest A. Edmonds, who is well known as a major contributor to the development of computational art and has contributed to the broader field of art history from the late 1960s to the present day. His work represents an important landmark in the field of generative and interactive art. By applying color theory, computational logic, and programmed systems to his work, Edmonds brought together
more » ... brought together the structural research of Biederman and the Constructivists for the first time and took them to a new, previously unexplored level that encompasses notions of time, color, and structure, as explored in such video constructs such as Fragment (1985) , Jasper (1988), and Sydney (1989). His interest in interaction developed even further in recent years, as demonstrated by his Shaping Forms series (2007-), a series of generative and computational works where images are constantly generated by a computer program that decides which colors, patterns, and timing the work should display at any given moment. The movement in front of each work is detected by a camera and produces changes in the image, shape and duration, so that the environment, the active spectator, and the work influence each other. Here, interaction is intended as an exploration of long-term influences rather than short-term reactions. Ernest Edmonds is also an international expert on human-computer interaction specializing in creative technologies for creative uses. His record of achievement in the field of interdisciplinary research is long and distinguished particularly in fostering the development of HCI since 1970: in Digital technology has enhanced and stimulated Edmonds's creativity. By writing code to create his art since the 1960s, works such as Fragment and Sydney illustrate how the constructivist concepts developed through the use of video tape, creating a kind of computer-generated film; other works, such as Rotterdam A and Rotterdam B (1989), exemplify a kind of digital art that is more aggressively generative in nature, owing to digital technology and the possibility to run a program virtually indefinitely. Ernest A. Edmonds. (Photograph
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