Casey Reas - Ex-Machina: A History of Generative Art London Wednesday, July 13, 2022 | Phillips

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  • 'The Path prints were the first works I exhibited in a gallery as a solo artist...Each line in these drawings inscribe the history of one software organism; its coordinates at each state of the simulation are connected together...The black-and-white versions of the drawings compress the differences between the organisms into a unified surface.' —Casey Reas

     The Path software, originally created in 2001 and restored and modified in 2014, is software that diagrams the motion of Valentino Braitenberg’s Vehicles. Braitenberg was a neuroanatomist who developed a set of minimal machines (“vehicles” in his words) to explore ideas about the evolution of nervous systems. The Path software is an example of converting abstract ideas from artificial life research and speculation into a software drawing machine.


    • Provenance

      Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner


Path (Software 1)

custom software (black and white, silent)
Dimensions variable, portrait or landscape orientation
Executed in 2001 and restored and modified in 2014, this work is from a series of 2.

This work is accompanied by a Documentation of the Work, issued by the artist, comprised of the following items, all contained in a black, anodized aluminum box:
1. Two SD cards with Path (Software 1) software
2. Source code on archival paper and SD cards
3. Text file with instructions on SD cards
4. A set of six signed and numbered archival documentation prints
5. Video documentation of running software, three minutes, on SD cards

Full Cataloguing

£12,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £15,120

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Benjamin Kandler
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Ex-Machina: A History of Generative Art

Online Auction 13-20 July 2022