Anna Carreras De hormigueros y algoritmos

09 Jun - 16 Jun 2022
De hormigueros y algoritmos

Overview

Ana Mas Projects is pleased to present De hormigueros y algoritmos [Of anthills and algorithms] by the artist Anna Carreras (Barcelona, 1979), an exhibition made up of generative works inspired by nature and that is part of the parallel programme to the International Symposium on Electronic Art ISEA 2022. 

The generative works of Anna Carreras are built in the same way that the ants of the same community are organised. All of us have observed at some point the determined work of these little insects, building tunnels, organising themselves in endless lines, moving small seeds, leaves… Everything is a result of small individual decisions guided by a shared intuition, subtle movements, but choreographically systematised. In the same way, the creation process of Anna Carreras is based on the sum of precise instructions and on the sequence of mathematic calculations dumped into the computer code designed by herself. The result is vivid digital images, sometimes static or sometimes dynamic, sometimes more geometric or more organic, but always unpredictable and unrepeatable, even by the artist herself.  

It is from that complexity born from small simple behaviours, from diversity, from the balance between order and chaos in which nature and daily life seem to be suspended, that Anna Carreras draws inspiration to later extrapolate it to her language of generative algorithms. The works ‘Arrels’ [Roots], ‘Ganxillo’ [Crochet] and ‘Llaçades’ [Bows] are built from complex systems that grow and evolve. Unlike the computer code behind most computer programmes, Anna Carreras gives the code a certain freedom, a certain autonomy, not only by being guided by intuition (as ants do), but also adding a new factor: randomness. Thus, different executions of the same code create as a result images that are always different, although visually close. Therefore, the result is never the same, the work is drawn and creates new frames while we see it. Whenever we activate it, it is reborn, it is and it is not the same. As if they were sisters sharing genetic material. The series of papers ‘Bancals’, ‘Bomborolles’ and ‘Figueres impossibles’ [Impossible figs], also in the exhibition, are born from the same negotiation game between the rules dictated by the artist and the whim of the code itself, but with a static result this time. 

These works might be the maturing of the pranks that the artist did as a child during summer afternoons while she tried to figure out the logic that seemed to operate in the work of those little insects. Life experiences that are added to the inspirations of models as Eusebio Sempere, Paul Klee, Sonia Delaunay or Emma Kunz, and that nowadays are the legacy of pioneers in computer art and algorithms such as Vera Molnar, Waldemar Cordeiro, Michael Noll or George Nees. 

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Anna Carreras (Barcelona,​1979) is a digital artist and creative coder. Her work forms part of generative art (computer art), using computer code, generative algorithms and interactive technology as a language and substrate for creation and as a means of communication and a generator of experiences. 

After studying Engineering, (Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and in Audiovisual Technologies at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Anna Carreras combines her artistic practice with teaching. She has taken part in talks and workshops as the Biennal Ciutat Ciencia Bcn 2021 or Life coding at Hangar 2021. 

She is currently exhibiting a selection of her generative works “Trossets” at the Venice Art Biennale 2022 and recently participated in the MUTEK ES+AR residency (2021) and the Eufònic Urbà Decentraland festival (2021). She has also developed and exhibited digital installations in renowned museums, festivals and national and international institutions, such as Feral File or ArtBlocks curated. Her work has been recognised with awards as the Cannes Golden Lion for Interactive Projects in 2010 or the Google DevArt (art made with code) Award in 2014. 

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