Project name: RAT
Project start: 2016-10-01
Project end: 2020-02-29
Curator: Ove Carlson
Computer program: ArtGen
ArtGen specification: Ove Carlson

RAT - Randomized Art Trial is a project that aims to investigate and raise questions regarding the circumstances a work of art can be created. In order to do so, the computer program ArtGen has been developed. ArtGen is the backbone in the project and is designed by Ove Carlson.



ARTOMATIC is the name of an installation where a specific version of ArtGen is implemented on a small computer and mounted on the back of a monitor.

"In a never ending process, unique pictures are generated. Each picture is displayed for a few seconds on the screen, then it disappears. The probability to ever recreate a picture is virtually zero. Can a computer, free from references and experience, construct a picture that meets subjective requirements of artistic quality? Can chance in combination with multitude be enough? A vain effort to see a picture that will take us by surprise! But time passes quickly. Do we have time to stop? Do we have time to wait? If we are not present, the moment passes and the opportunity is lost."

Read more about ARTOMATIC here

© Ove Carlson/BUS 2017.



All prints generated by ArtGen are unique. They are numbered 1/1 and signed ArtGen/CARLSON. See more prints by ArtGen here.


 Please visit Geoform, an online scholarly resource and curatorial project whose focus is the use of geometric form and structure in contemporary abstract art being made by artists from around the world.