Visual Arts Theatre 1 hour

Overview

Computer algorithms of increasing complexity are inescapable, everywhere, promising to eliminate dull jobs and terminal diseases. But what happens if the tightness and plotting of algorithms is replaced with “permission to roam”? The art in this exhibition is a visual representation of how computers behave when they are let off the leash. It is a hymn to the beauty of randomness (with a little human discretion), and – in the case of the 3D pieces – a celebration of local manufacturing talent and ingenuity.

To find out more about Gideon Fraser please click the artists tab, or visit him on site between 6 - 7pm during the exhibition.

The exhibition will be located in the Top Floor Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery during the buildings opening hours.

Gideon Fraser

Gideon Fraser

My name is Gideon Fraser. I come from a family of eccentric artists (my grandfather painted murals in Letchworth Garden City in the 1950s; my mother was a semi-professional watercolourist and portrait artist). I was “hauled into computers” in the late 1970s by my father who designed and marketed the UK’s first computerised ticketing system for theatres and leisure centres (BOCS). Since then, I have enjoyed (the right word) a rollercoaster career as a programmer, designer and MD in the software industry all over the UK and extensively in the US. The question “Can computers create art?” was put to me by my wife about 20 years ago. A decade or so passed since then before I took up arms and decided to see what exactly “the machine” might come up with if allowed a little freedom. These 2D pieces and 3D sculpted works reflect where this process has taken me. There have been late nights but it has been fun, exhausting and exasperating.

Come and tell me what you think – I will be on site (TFG / Mezzanine) every day during my exhibition between 6 and 7 pm.

The exhibition will be located in the Top Floor Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery during the buildings opening hours.