The Creatomatic

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Photo Credit: Raymond Yeung

The Creatomatic is a piece of software designed to help its users conceive new artworks. It operates by randomly juxtaposing drawings of two everyday objects from a large selection, which a user can combine to invent something new. The software is given to a group of artists, and the results are exihibted at Eyebeam.

"Candelier" by Takeshi Miyakawa
 

Project Created: 
November 2011
 
People: Greg Witt, Jacob Tonski, Katie Koepfinger, Nova Jiang, Takeshi Miyakawa
Project Type: Design
Tags: The Creatomatic
Start Date: 
1 Dec 2011
Hours: 
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: 
Free
Venue: 
Eyebeam
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Join us on December 1st for the opening reception of the “Creatomatic” exhibition.

On display will be a collection of artworks generated using the “Creatomatic” software, designed to accelerate the imagination and prompt new inventions. They include: “Candelier” by Takeshi Miyakawa, a chandelier cast entirely out of wax which will eventually disappear if lit; “Tea Bag Catapult” by Jacob Tonski with Austin Wieland, a teacup and spoon catapult system to get rid of used teabags; “Tape Dispenser Particle” by Greg Witt, a mechanical sculpture interpreting particle physics using tape dispensers; Other artists in the show include participants from the Creatomatic Workshop Katie Koepfinger and Amritha Michelle Berger.

The “Candelier” will be lit for the opening, come and watch it disappear.


The Creatomatic is designed by Nova Jiang with software by Leonard Tirulnikov, and is supported with a generous grant from the Black Rock Arts Foundation.

 
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Austin Wieland

My fascination with machines and industry has influenced me to createmechanical devices through the use of clay.  These sculptures arecreated using a combination of ready-made objects, molded objects,wheel thrown parts, and slab constructed supports. The main goal is togive the viewer hands on interaction and participation, which I feelhas been absent in past ceramic sculpture.

 
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Gregory Witt

Gregory Witt grew up in Indiana, where he completed a BFA in Sculpture at Indiana University in 2005. Since 2006, he has been living and making art in Pittsburgh, where he earned his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. He has exhibited in various places in the U.S., most recently in Brooklyn, NY, with fellow artists from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture where he attended in 2009, and in Pittsburgh as the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts' Emerging Artist of the Year. He currently spends his days developing exhibits at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and teaching art at Carnegie Mellon University.  

 
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Takeshi Miyakawa


 
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Jed Moch is a student at the University of Michigan studying the HIstory of Art and Economics. He works part time doing brand management with VICE media, and part time at Christie's, learning from the man. In real life, he likes to hang out by the sea, make art and help Nova Jiang with her research.

Eyebeam CV
2011F
SIntern
 
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Jacob Tonski is a pragmatic optimist whose creative work explores balance as an inherently dynamic process.

A self-adjusting platform makes everyone the same height, probing ideas of equality and the origins of power. A larger-than-life top spins about the room, wobbling through themes of pleasure, danger, youth and decay.

These and other human-scale objects, both amusing and threatening, find an uncanny identity between toys and tools. The forces of time and gravity serve in these works as foils for those things we are powerless to direct in our lives, and with which we must instead dance and negotiate.

 
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Leonard Tirulnikov

Leonard Tirulnikov is a person. After past lives in music and journalism, he is currently studying Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania and doing most of the things you can do with computers, to varying degrees of success. He is currently collaborating with Eyebeam Fellow Nova Jiang.

 

Eyebeam CV
2011F
SIntern
 
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The scissors compass by Amritha Michelle allows you to cut along accurate directional routes. Photo credit:Phillip Retuta.

The Creatomatic is a piece of software designed to accelerate the imagination and prompt new inventions. It works by randomly juxtaposing diagrams of two everyday objects from a selection of hundreds. Through free association, the two objects can prompt the invention of an entirely new object, which can be practical or nonsensical. Inspired by the accidental nature of creativity, the Creatomatic uses the technique of surprise to overcome habitual ways of thinking and short circuit rational control.

The Creatomatic is presented to the public in the form of workshops where participants learn how to freshen up their neurons and get their creative juices flowing by practicing the Creatomatic Method. The participants are guided step by step from the initial spark of inspiration through the iterative stages of prototyping in order to realize their inventions.

Supported by a grant from the Black Rock Arts Foundation

Project Created: 
January 2012
 
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