The Creatomatic is a piece of software designed to accelerate the imagination and prompt new inventions. It works by randomly juxtaposing diagrams of two everyday objects from a selection of hundreds. Through free association, the two objects can lead to the invention of an entirely new object, which can be practical or nonsensical. Inspired by the accidental nature of creativity, the Creatomatic uses the technique of surprise to overcome habitual ways of thinking and short circuit rational control. The Creatomatic Exhibition showcases a collection of artworks generated using the Creatomatic software by invited artists and participants from the Creatomatic Workshop.
In the Creatomatic Workshop participants learn how to freshen up their neurons and get their creative juices flowing by practicing the Creatomatic Method. I co-taught the first workshop with guest artist Jacob Tonski. We guided participants step by step from the initial spark of inspiration through the iterative stages of prototyping in order to realize their inventions, successfully condensing the period of creation that would under most circumstances span a few months into just 10 hours.
Software: Leonard Tirulnikov
Photo: Raymond Yeung, Michelle Calabro, Phillip Retuta
Support: Eyebeam Art and Technology Center and Black Rock Arts Foundation
2011-Creatomatic, Eyebeam-Project Space (New York, US)
2011-Creatomatic Workshop, Eyebeam (New York, US),
2013-Creatomatic Workshop, WARP Contemporary Art Platform (Sint-Niklaas, Belgium)