Electric Sheep

Scott Draves – Electric Sheep 244 37584
Scott Draves – Electric Sheep 244 37584

“Electric Sheep”

MARCH 27 – JUNE 13, 2014


Scott Draves is a software artist and inventor who created the original Flame algorithm in 1991, the Bomb visual-musical instrument in 1995 and the Electric Sheep in 1999. Draves’ software artworks are released as open source and have been used for two decades by many other artists and designers in their own work.

Draves’ work was recently on display at LACMA and has been commissioned by Carnegie Mellon University and the state-of-the-art Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Other works have been acquired by corporate and private collections nationally. Draves’ website is permanently included on MoMA.org as part of the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibit, and his work has appeared in Wired and Discover magazines, as an official skin for Google Chrome, at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, at Art Basel in Miami and as the graphic identity for Siggraph 2008.

Draves won an honorable mention at Prix Ars Electronica in 1993 for his Flame algorithm. His work has garnered notice from such competitions as Lumen_Ex in Extremadura, Spain; the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, Montreal; ACA Media Arts Festival, Tokyo; Life/Vida Madrid and File Prix Lux in Brazil. He has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Brown University and a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Draves is a pioneering software artist best known for creating the “Electric Sheep,” a collective intelligence consisting of 450,000 computers and people that uses mathematics and genetic algorithms to create an infinite abstract animation.

On exhibition at the Museum are “Generation 245” and “Dreams in High Fidelity 2” in The Cube through June 13, 2014. For more information on Scott Draves, visit ScottDraves.com.

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