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Evolving Darwin's Gaze, by Steve DiPaola

April 25 - May 3, 2009

A computational art installation that speaks to the nature of things human; unravels concepts of creativity and evolution itself.

Exhibition: April 25 - May 3 2009 MIT Museum
In collaboration with the Cambridge Science Festival & Boston Cyberarts Festival

Artist Talk: Saturday April 25th, 2009 1-3PM
Topic: Meet Steve DiPaola, Evolving Darwin's Gaze
Location: In the installation space, Emerging Tech Gallery, MIT Museum

Artist Talk: Sunday April 26th, 2009 2-3PM
Topic: Science and Art Presentation - Darwin, Artificial Intelligence and Creativity
Location: MIT Museum

Exhibition: July 5 - 18 July 2009 Kings Art Centre, Cambridge University, UK

Artist Statement
This year is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.  In commemoration, Steve DiPaola has organized two exhibitions in Cambridge MA, USA, and in Cambridge, UK, along with a website, http://www.darwinsgaze.com/

This art installation of generative abstract paintings attempts to embody a cognitive approach to modeling portraiture.  The exhibition asks the question - can you bring the ghost (creativity) out of the machine (the computer)?  I attempt to define the answer by applying Darwinian evolutionary techniques to the architecture of a computer program that generates unique expressions of the gaze of Darwin’s face in John Collier’s 1883 portrait. The ever-evolving families of related generative portraits strive to resemble the original, while at the same time are infused with computational interpretations of creativity.  In my work, achieving Darwin’s exact resemblance is not the goal; rather it is to explore the creative process and evolutionary techniques as a medium for contemporary portrait painting.

Artist Bio
Steve DiPaola is an Artist, Scientist and Associate Professor at the School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT), SFU, Surrey, BC, CA. 
As Director of the I-Viz Lab his research combines computer system design, with a cognitive approach to modeling social, cognitive and biological behavior.

For more information contact:
Steve DiPaola, Associate Professor
School of Interactive Arts & Technology, Simon Fraser University, Surrey, BC, Canada
Steve DiPaola Site: http://www.dipaola.org
Lab Site: http://ivizlab.sfu.ca/research
Phone: (778) 782-7479
Fax: (778) 782-7488
Email: sdipaola@sfu.ca

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