31 Upstream Gallery
- Kloveniersburgwal 95
Upstream proudly presents Harm van den Dorpel’s second exhibition with the gallery, dedicated to his Mutant Garden software, and its various material outputs and research.
Where traditional artistic media require the artist to create the work with their own hand, Van den Dorpel produces software and trains it by looping continuous feedback through its output to produce works with unpredictable aesthetic outcomes. As many people nowadays equate artificial intelligence with neural networks, the artist wants to highlight other moments in the recent history of computation, approaching it as algorithmic archeology. Mutant garden is the latest installment in his inquiry into this history, and uses an existing algorithm called Cartesian Genetic Programming.
Mutant Garden is divided into two parts: a “garden”, where the software breeds new artworks and displays the outcomes, and a “lab”, where Van den Dorpel gives an insight into his artistic process and shows a timeline of earlier works in his larger project of algorithmic archeology.
Harm van den Dorpel (NL, 1981)