"ORLANDO IN THE VIRAL THICKET"
12x12” virus-modeled artificial life acrylic on canvas, image courtesy
Galerie Richard, New York City
"THE VIRAL SYMPHONY:
Created using custom C++ artificial life software based on the viral phenomenon
Since 1986, Joseph Nechvatal has worked with ubiquitous electronic visual information, computers and computer-robotics. His computer-robotic assisted paintings and computer software animations are shown regularly in galleries and museums throughout the world. From 1991-1993 he worked as artist-in-resident at the Louis Pasteur Atelier and the Saline Royale / Ledoux Foundation's computer lab in Arbois, France on The Computer Virus Project: an experiment with computer viruses as a creative stratagem. In 2002 he extended that artistic research into the field of viral artificial life through his collaboration with the programmer Stéphane Sikora.