DANIEL ROZIN (US-IL)
DARWINIAN ROTATING LINES MIRROR
JUNE 29 TO AUGUST 05
ARSENAL ART CONTEMPORAIN
BIO - DANIEL ROZIN
Daniel Rozin is an artist, educator and developer, working in the area of interactive digital art. Born in Jerusalem and trained as an industrial designer Rozin lives and works in New York. His work has been exhibited widely withsolo exhibitions in the US and internationally and featured in publications such as The New York Times, Wired, ID, Spectrum and Leonardo. His work has earned him numerous awards including Prix Ars Electronica, ID Design Review and the Chrysler Design Award. As an educator, Rozin is Associate Art Professor at ITP, Tisch School Of The Arts, NYU where he teaches such classes as: "The World- Pixel by Pixel", "Project Development Studio", "Toy Design Workshop", "Designing for Digital Fabrication" and "Kinetic Sculpture Workshop". As an interactive artist Rozin creates installations and sculptures that have the unique ability to change and respond to the presence and point of view of the viewer. In many cases the viewer becomes the contents of the piece and in others the viewer is invited to take an active role in the creation of the piece. Even though computers are often used in Rozin’s work, they are seldom visible.
This is the third piece in the series of Darwinian Software Mirrors. In these works, programmed “evolutionary pressure” pushes the artworks to resemble the viewer's mirrored image. Engaging the viewer with interactive response, each work varies the formal properties of line, luminosity, and tempo, as screen-based pictures are built improvisationally. The basis of the software in this series is Darwin's theory of random mutations followed by natural selection as the basis of evolution. In the case of Darwinian Rotating Lines Mirror, the total randomness of the earlier pieces in the series is replaced by a more methodical approach where the software presents lines on the screen in a rotating sequence and ascending brightness and selects a portion of these lines according to their contribution to the creation of the viewer’s image. The result is an unfolding process of materialization as detail after detail is revealed in an ever-changing display that resembles a furry substance. The piece cycles through this process every few seconds starting a totally new evolution cycle every time.
Darwinian Rotating Lines Mirror, Daniel Rozin, Bitforms gallery, 2014