Roman Verostko


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  • ISEA2011

    Roman Verostko, a founding member of the algorists, is best known for his richly colored algorithmic pen and brush drawings. Primarily a painter in his pre-algorist work, he also created electronically synchronized audio-visual programs in the 1960s. In the 1970s he followed a course in Fortran at the Control Data Institute and exhibited his first fully algorist work, The Magic Hand of Chance, in 1982. His generative software controls 14 pen plotter stalls achieving exquisite penmanship and expressive brush strokes guiding both ink pens and brushes with plotters. His recent show at the DAM in Berlin, “Algorithmic Poetry”, celebrates nature via visual forms generated with brushes and ink pens driven with his algorithms. Distinctions: 2009 SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement; Artec ’95, Recommendatory Prize, Nagoya, Japan; Golden Plotter Award, Germany, 1994; Professor Emeritus, MCAD, 1994; Prix Ars Electronica, Honorable Mention, 1993; Executive Director ISEA93; Bush Fellow, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT, 1970; Outstanding Educators of America, 1971, 1974.

    ISEA98

    Roman Verostko, USA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Executive Director ISEA93 (FISEA’93)

    ISEA96

    Roman Verostko, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, USA

    ISEA1994

    FISEA’93 Program Director. As Bush Fellow he researched the ‘changing role of artists’ at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (MIT, 1970). His seminal paper “Epigenetic Painting: Software as Genotype” (1988) identified biological analogues to autonomous form generating  procedures. His “epigenetic art” includes a limited edition of George Boole’s “Derivation of the laws…”. Awards: Golden Plotter First Prize (1994); Ars Electronica Honorary Mention (1993). Exhibitions include: “Genetische Kunst – Kunstliches Leben” (Linz 1993); “TISEA” (Sidney, 1992); “SIGGRAPH 1991, 1992” (Chicago, Dallas, Computer Museum, Boston); “Data Data” (Baltimore, 1991).

    FISEA’93

    Roman Verostko, program director of FISEA’93, is an artist and art historian, teaches world art history at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. As a Bush Fellow he researched the “changing role of artists” at the Center For Advanced Visual Studies at MIT (1970). His seminal paper Epigenetic Painting, Software as Genotype (1988) identified biological analogues to autonomous form generating procedures. His “epigenetic art” includes a limited edition of George Boole’s Derivation of the Laws… illustrated with his own “personal expert system.” He received an Ars Electronica honorary citation this year and was included in Genetic Art – Artificial Life (Linz, 1993). Other shows include: TISEA (Sidney, 1992), Dada Data, Developing Media Since (970 (Baltimore, 1991), Interface: Art & Computer (New York, 1991), El Art (Finland, 1991), The Technological Imagination, Machines in the Garden of Art (Minneapolis, 1909).

    TISEA 1992

    Roman Verostko, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, USA

    FISEA (1988)

    Roman Verostko, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, USA


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  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

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