Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018

During fall break, I got a chance to see this exhibition at the Whitney Museum in New York City. The exhibit contains art pieces from the past fifty years that all contain and discuss programming as a set of instructions, rules, or code. It attempts to show us how rules and instructions in art have been shaped by the development of technology

One of the pieces that stood out to me was a screen made up of an array of led lights. The lights were spaced out and only emitted one color. The board was programmed so that each light would adjust its brightness to produce a black and white video with the overall array. I found the experience quite amazing because our brains could still easily interpret what was happening in the video despite the limitations of the machine.

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