Visual Theogonies: images of the computational god

Digital Print
2014 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Fabrizio Augusto Poltronieri (born 1976) is a Brazilian artist, programmer and researcher. His practice explores the development of creative coding and the application of computers for aesthetical experimentation, both practical and philosophical. The ontology of chance is a recurrent theme in his artwork.

Dr Poltronieri is currently a lecturer at De Montfort University, Leicester where he is a member of IOCT (Institute of Creative Technologies) and teaches creative code in the Digital Arts. He holds a PhD in Semiotics from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC/SP), Brazil, and wrote his thesis on the role of chance in computational art.

The artworks in Poltronieri’s Visual Theogonies series were inspired by the Ancient Greek poet Hesiod. The images were generated by a set of instructions based upon sentences taken from Hesiod’s poem ‘The Theogony’. Each work was created using the same guiding principle, but the order in which the instructions were implemented was decided by chance.



object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Digital print
Brief Description
Dionysus, from the 'Visual Theogonies: images of the computational god' series, by Fabrizio Augusto Poltronieri, digital print, Brazil, 2014
Physical Description
Digital print
Dimensions
  • Height: 59.9cm
  • Length: 89.7cm
Gallery Label
Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers (2018) FABRIZIO AUGUSTO POLTRONIERI (born 1976) ‘Dionysus’ from the series Visual Theogonies: images of the computational god Brazil, 2014 The artworks in Fabrizio Augusto Poltronieri’s Visual Theogonies series were inspired by the Ancient Greek poet Hesiod. The images were generated by a set of instructions based upon sentences taken from Hesiod’s poem ‘The Theogony’. Each work was created using the same guiding principle, but the order in which the instructions were implemented was decided by chance. Digital print, after a computer-generated image Given by the artist Museum no. E.204-2018(07/07/2018-18/11/2018)
Credit line
Given by the artist
Production
The software used to create this artwork was developed by the artist and written in the programming language Ruby on a Linux Box (a computer running the Linux open-source software operating system)
Summary
Fabrizio Augusto Poltronieri (born 1976) is a Brazilian artist, programmer and researcher. His practice explores the development of creative coding and the application of computers for aesthetical experimentation, both practical and philosophical. The ontology of chance is a recurrent theme in his artwork.



Dr Poltronieri is currently a lecturer at De Montfort University, Leicester where he is a member of IOCT (Institute of Creative Technologies) and teaches creative code in the Digital Arts. He holds a PhD in Semiotics from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC/SP), Brazil, and wrote his thesis on the role of chance in computational art.



The artworks in Poltronieri’s Visual Theogonies series were inspired by the Ancient Greek poet Hesiod. The images were generated by a set of instructions based upon sentences taken from Hesiod’s poem ‘The Theogony’. Each work was created using the same guiding principle, but the order in which the instructions were implemented was decided by chance.



Collection
Accession Number
E.204-2018

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