Event Schedule and Locations:

Lecture and Screening: 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 17, 2011
SCA 112, George Lucas Building
School of Cinematic Arts
900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Workshop: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 21, 2011
Blue Lab
Institute for Multimedia Literacy
746 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90089

About the Event

Computational Aesthetics, funded by USC’s Visions & Voices Arts and Humanities Initiative, combines a lecture, screening and workshop designed to explore computational aesthetics broadly. The lecture by Chandler McWilliams, co-author of the recently published Form + Code in Design, Art and Architecture, will describe computational aesthetics and provide a context, and show specific examples of code as visual expression.

The 50-minute screening consists of short-form videos works that ask how the computational capacity of the computer has impacted our most basic conceptions of image, sound and storytelling.

The workshop will focus on the relationship between code (computer programs) and visual form. The event is centered around six themes, Designing with Numbers, Repetition, Parameterization, Visualization, Transformation and Simulation. Using these themes, we will discuss procedural and algorithmic work from architecture, design, and fine art and use these examples as jumping off points to introduce the basics of computer programming with particular emphasis on creating software for the screen. Each participant will have the opportunity to work with sample programs relevant to each of the six themes.

About Chandler McWilliams

Chandler B. McWilliams is an artist, programmer and writer. He has studied film, photography and political science, and completed graduate work in philosophy at The New School for Social Research in New York City. McWilliams is the co-author of Form + Code in Design, Art and Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010). He lives in Los Angeles where he teaches in the department of Design Media Arts at the UCLA School of the Arts. His current work focuses on themes of affect, repetition, computation and epistemology.

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