Joshua Davis

Joshua Davis


Joshua Davis is a designer, technologist, author and artist in new media.

He is best known as the creator of, winner of the Prix Ars Electronica 2001 Golden Nica for 'Net Vision / Net Excellence'.

An early adopter of open-source, offering the source code of the composition and animation developments to the public.

Davis had a role in designing the visualization of IBM's Watson, the intelligent computer program capable of answering questions, for the quiz show Jeopardy.

His work has been inducted into the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, National Design Triennial 2006 'Design Life Now', and has spoken at the TED and 99U conferences about his career in algorithmic image making and open source


Dynamic Abstraction

Among modern artists I conceptually identify with Jackson Pollack - not that I'm a particular fan of his visual style, but because he always identified himself as a painter, even though a lot of the time his brush never hit the canvas.

There's something in that disconnect - not using a brush or tool in traditional methods.

Pollock might argue that it's the process of absrtraction that's dynamic, not the end result, which in his case is a static painting. In my own work, the end result is never static: by making room for as many anomalies as possible, every composition generated by the programs we write is unique to itself.

I'll program the 'brushes', the 'paints', the 'strokes', the 'rules', and the 'boundaries'. However it is the software that creates the compositions - the programs draw themselves. I am in a constant state of surprise and discovery, because the program may structure compositions that I many never have thought of to execute or might take me hours to create mentally.

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