John F. Simon, Jr., Edwardo Kac, Aaron Koblin, Scott Draves, Keryoon Han, Andrea Ackerman.
Creative expression with computer languages.



Part 1 – HD Traffic by John F. Simon, Jr., Lagoglyphs by Eduardo Kac

Part 2 – The Johnny Cash Project by Aaron Koblin, Director of Technology
and Chris Milk, Director, and Dreams in High Fidelity by Scott Draves

Part 3 – From Right To Left by Keryoon Han, and Rose Breathing by Andrea Ackerman


The Poetics of Code, Part 1:
HD Traffic 2009 by John F. Simon, Jr. / Lagoglyphs 2009 by Edwardo Kac

Meet John F. Simon, Jr. at the May 6th opening reception in The Project Room for New Media
at Chelsea Art Museum, NYC.

John F. Simon, Jr. – interview, HD Traffic & biography

Eduardo Kac – interview, Lagoglyphs & biography

The Poetics of Code: John F. Simon, Jr. & Eduardo Kac

Streaming Museum launched The Poetics of Code series on March 15, 2010, with artwork by pioneer contemporary artists – HD Traffic by John F. Simon, Jr. and Lagoglyphs by Eduardo Kac.  The exhibition can be viewed at Streaming Museum and throughout a global network of public spaces.

The Poetics of Code series focuses on artists who are using computer programming as a type of creative writing, and the infinite expressive potential of computer languages. Code is at the core of these works as both method of creation and meaning. In HD Traffic, Simon built with software code a Mondrian-inspired work designed to integrate real-time traffic data flow. Kac’s series of lagoglyphs artworks, reference and expand upon his controversial genetically altered Alba the GFP Bunny 2000. The real-time animations, continuously flowing and reconfiguring themselves, place emphasis on the generative mutability of writing and the encoded nature of life.

The artworks have been viewed at these locations: Antarctica, Juban and Marambia scientific bases of Argentina; Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia; 17 BBC Big Screens throughout the UK; during the Dubai art fair 2011; Cocor MediaChannel, Bucharest, Romania; Utsikten Kunstenter, Kvinesdal, Norway;  Chelsea Art Museum, NYC; Second Life, Greek Citystate of Colonia Nova; Google headquarters, NYC, the Big Screen Project in NYC.

From left to right: Cocor MediaChannel, Bucharest, Romania (Pictures 1 and 2); Federation Square, Melbourne Australia; Second Life, Greek Citystate of Colonia Nova; Antarctica, Marambio Base of Argentina (Pictures 5 and 6); Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea; Second Life, Greek Citystate of Colonia Nova


While researching music to present as an accompanying online exhibition for John Simon’s HD Traffic – a work inspired by Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie, the MATA newsletter appeared in our email and we discovered the exciting Red Line Saxophone Quartet.   Listen to two works that, like the artwork, associate with both jazz and the rapid movement of information data.  Here…


The Poetics of Code, Part 2:
The Johnny Cash Project by Aaron Koblin, Director of Technology
and Chris Milk, Director, and Dreams in High Fidelity by 
Scott Draves

The Poetics of Code, Part 2, opened on July 6, 2010

The Johnny Cash Project 2010 by Aaron Koblin, is a global collective art project where participants are invited to create a drawing that is woven into a collective tribute to Johnny Cash, set to his song Ain’t No Grave. The project was inspired by the song’s central lyric, “ain’t no grave gonna hold my body down,” and represents Cash’s continued existence, even after his death, through his music and his fans. A collaboration with director Chris Milk, the work continues to grow and evolve as more people participate.

Excerpts from Dreams in High Fidelity and other long, high resolution pieces by Scott Draves were formatted for this exhibition. The work is made possible through a distributed processing network made up of tens of thousands of computers that he has harnessed over the past decade.  Draves’ collectible works explore concepts like genetic variation and the origins of life, displaying organic-looking abstract animations that are mathematically generated, algorithmically relatedand visually resemblant.  The way the images are created defies conventional digital drawing and photography.  Layers of colored pixels find and re-find their positions as the solution to an equation that keeps incrementally changing.


Aaron Koblin. b. 1982 United States. Lives and works in San Francisco.
Koblin is an artist specializing in data visualization. His work takes social and infrastructural data and uses it to depict cultural trends and emergent patterns. Aaron’s work has been shown at international festivals including Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, OFFF, the Japan Media Arts Festival, and TED. He received the National Science Foundation’s first place award for science visualization and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Currently, Aaron is Technology Lead of Google’s Creative Lab where he helped to launch Chrome Experiments, a website showcasing JavaScript work by designers from around the world. Koblin holds an MFA in Design|Media Arts from UCLA.

Scott Draves, b. 1968, Alexandria, VA. Lives and works in New York.
Draves is an emerging and highly sophisticated artist with a PhD from the #1 rated computer science school in the country (Carnegie Mellon) and an undergraduate background from Brown’s storied computer graphics group, the first such research group in the Ivy League. After winning several prizes internationally (Prix Ars Electronica, Japan ACA Media Arts Festival, VIDA 2.0, Lumen_Ex Digital Art Award, FILE Prix Lux finalist) and headlining two European shows this spring ( in Moscow and TEDx in Hungary) he is quickly building museum and curator recognition in New York City and around the world.

In 2008, Draves’ work became part of the permanent website presence of the Design and the Elastic Mindexhibition of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His work is currently on view along with other pioneer digital artists in a group show curated by The Project Room for New Media (CAM) at Google, Inc. headquarters.

Draves’ work explores the dissolving boundaries between man and machine.  He writes algorithms and manages an online community of over 350,000 computers and people that together form an open-source, crowd-sourced artificial life system called the Electric Sheep. The Electric Sheep breed new art through a complex process of voting, mating and Darwinian evolution.  Draves uses this process to produce his museum-quality work, distilling the collective intelligence of the Internet and the power of a massively distributed supercomputer into infinite animations.

Schedule for viewing the exhibition in public spaces internationally


The Poetics of Code, Part 3:
From Right To Left by Keryoon Han, and Rose Breathing by Andrea Ackerman

From Right To Left by Keryoon Han, and Rose Breathing by Andrea Ackerman

The Poetics of Code, Part 3, opened in November, 2010.

Keryoon Han, From Right To Left, 2009. Curator, Dooeun Choi, Art Center Nabi, Seoul

“The good art that I have learned does not pursue superficial beauty, but is attempted to derive discourses on what one intends to say through it, and one senses its true value when it is interpreted in the context of contemporary art and conforms with the slogans of avant-garde art.  This is what I have persuaded myself to believe in.  There is no doubt about the fact that this is the good art.  I still believe so.  However, I may have forces myself too much.  There emerges the desire for deviation….It is external beauty seductive enough to make one fell like falling into its irresistible sweetness and risk swallowing poison for it, in spite of the impropriety of its contents… I hope I can really do that.”

Andrea Ackerman, Rose Breathing (2003), a 3D computer animation with stereo sound, is part of a series of synthetic landscapes and characters, a contribution to our ongoing evolution from natural to synthetic beings living in an increasingly synthetic world. In Rose Breathing, a 33 second loop, a synthetic rose rhythmically opens and closes in human like respiration. Rose Breathing was created by the artist using Maya and Renderman.


From Right to Left, Cocor MediaChannel, Bucharest, Romania

Piazza Duomo, Milan

Art Center Nabi, Seoul