Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This week's events for ATEC/EMAC at UT Dallas ATEC Watering Hole - featuring Mr. Frieder Nake Friday, Oct 3
(2 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Algorithmic and Aesthetics – On Digital Images

Frieder Nake

University of Bremen & University of the Arts Bremen, Germany

Abstract: Computer art is now about 50 years old. As in McLuhan’s famous slogan, its early attempts were examples of the medium being the message. The algorithmic principle, essence of computing science, became the driving force for this approach to art. We will review important events and examples of the first years of computer art. It established itself as a very special aspect of conceptual art. Only with interactive art, however, digital art gained enough of autonomy and started formulating its own aesthetic questions. We will take a look at generative aesthetics, and show some, perhaps surprising, connections to the broad stream of art history, e.g. Monet, Mondrian, Pollock, Albers, Götz, G. Richter.

Biography:  Frieder Nake is a mathematician who happens to be called an artist, but a computer scientist as well. The second is trivial, the first not quite. He has done early pioneering work in computer art. He is a professor of interactive computer graphics and digital media, teaching at the University of Bremen, Germany, and the University of the Arts Bremen. He has taught in Canada for some years, and many more countries, Norway and China among them. He was recently one of many nominees for the new Visionary Pioneer of Media Art award of Prix Ars Electronica.

Tech Talk: The Joan Davidow Collection Friday, Sep 19 - Friday, Oct 17
(6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) Location: Edith O’Donnell Arts & Technology Building 1st floor Gallery .

Opening reception: September 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Opening Friday, September 19, 2014 at UT Dallas' newest facility, the Edith O’Donnell Art & Tech building, major art professor John Pomara curates Tech Talk with collector/contemporary art advocate Joan Davidow.  To honor Davidow’s newly announced and placed gift of her contemporary art collection, Tech Talk features works she has collected over a 20-year period by 15 emerging and mid-career Texas artists whose themes and methods reflect the budding technology of our era.  UT Dallas President David Daniel and Arts & Humanities Dean Dennis Kratz will welcome a gathering of students, artists, teachers, collectors and arts advocates to honor this highly inventive and meaningful gift to the university. 


“Contemporary art addresses the life we’re living right now, and it’s very satisfying and exciting to be able to share it with new generations of UT Dallas students and faculty, for whom I have a great deal of affection and respect. These works deserve to live and be seen, and I hope they will inspire and educate those who have the chance to experience the collection.”

-Joan Davidow


“Joan's gift is both personally generous and symbolically brilliant. Thanks to her, innovative works by young, rising Texas artists will grace the buildings of a young Texas university that is rapidly rising to international prominence,”

-Dr. Dennis M. Kratz, dean of the university’s School of Arts and Humanities and the Ignacy and Celina Rockover Professor of Humanities.


“As an important Dallas-based arts administrator and journalist, Joan Davidow has been actively involved in the fluorescence of the rapidly growing local arts scene. Through this, she has built an unrivaled collection of the works of young Texas artists at the turning points in their career. The works she so generously has donated will both inspire new young artists and raise the bar of quality for their new work. The prospect is very exciting.”

-Dr. Richard Brettell, the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair in Art and Aesthetics at UT Dallas