Peter Beyls: "The delegation of aesthetic decision making to machines”

Mon, 14 Jan 2013

Peter Beyls: "The delegation of aesthetic decision making to machines”

February CAS Lecture - Thursday 14th February at 6pm
BCS Davidson House, Southampton St, London

"This lecture documents the various generative systems I have developed over almost 40 years in the domain of the visual arts, music and hybrid formats."

Peter Beyls is a Belgian born artist/composer working with computer media since the Seventies. He explores computer programming as a medium for artistic expression and develops generative systems in music, the visual arts and hybrid formats. He studied at the Royal Music Conservatory Brussels, EMS Stockholm, Ghent University and the Slade School of Art, University College London. Beyls published extensively on various aspects of digital media, in particular, on the application of Artificial Intelligence for artistic purposes. He pioneered the use of cellular automata in the field of computer music while at Brussels University AI-Lab. He was awarded a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Plymouth, UK for his research in evolutionary computing applied to real-time interactive music systems. His work was widely exhibited and performed at conferences like Siggraph, ICMC, Imagina, ISCM, Generative Arts and ISEA. Beyls was visiting professor in the USA, Canada, China and Japan. He currently teaches Theory and History of Media Art at the School of Arts, University College Ghent, coordinates research at the KASK Interaction Lab and lectures on Sound Art and Generative Systems at the LUCA School of Arts Brussels.