Ideogenetic Machine

Ideogenetic Machine is an interactive installation that incorporates portraits of participants into an algorithmically generated comic book. The comic is created live through custom software using portraits of participants captured with a camera and a database of drawings by the artist illustrating speculative narratives based on current news and events. Participants are invited to actively respond to the emerging story through performance and collaboration. The layout and configuration of images from which new narratives continuously form never repeats. The software also adds blank speech bubbles into the composition, which participants can later fill with their own invented dialogue. Thus, each participant is transformed into the protagonist and the creator of a unique comic book.

Technical Collaborator: Jake Jefferies
Special Thanks: Sephiroth Li, Matt Conlen, Patrick Lydon, Julia Lintern, Ireti Olowe
Photo: Patrick Lydon, Otto Saxinger
Videography: Ida C. Benedetto
Support: Eyebeam Art and Technology Center
The Watermill Center
Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant

Exhibition History:
2016 – I’ll be Your Mirror, Jepson Center, Telfair Museums (Savannah, US)
2015 – Interplay, Singapore Science Center (Singapore)
2014 – It Should Always Be This Way, CAFKA.14 Biennial (Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada)
2014 – Game, Bouillants #06, Laiterie Les Bouillants (Vern-sur-Seiche, France)
2013 – Love, Studio 13/16, Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)
2013 – Open Space 2013, ICC (Tokyo, Japan)
2013 – Cube Prize Exhibition, Espace Saint-Sauveur (Paris, France)
2013 – Warp Contemporary Art Platform, (Sint-Niklaas, Belgium)
2012 – Open Rehearsal, Watermill Center (Watermill, US)
2012 – TEA-Collective Wisdom, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taichung,Taiwan)
2012 – Update_4 Biennial, IMAL (Brussels, Belgium)
2012 – Media City Seoul 2012, Seoul Art Space_Geumcheon (Seoul, South Korea)
2012 – OK Cyberarts 12 – Prix Ars Electronica Exhibition, OK Offenes Kulturhaus, (Linz, Austria)
2012 – File Festival, Art Gallery of SESI-SP, Fiesp Cultural Center, (São Paulo, Brazil)
2011 – Ideogenetic Machine, Eyebeam-Project Space (New York, US)
2011 – Ritual, Art in Odd Places (New York, US)

Ideogenetic Machine | Eyebeam
Videography: Ida C. Benedetto
Ideogenetic Machine | OK Offenes Kulturhaus
Photo: Otto Saxinger
Ideogenetic Machine | NTT ICC
Photo: Patrick Lydon
Ideogenetic Machine | NTT ICC
Photo: Patrick Lydon
Ideogenetic Machine comic book example
Ideogenetic Machine comic book example
Ideogenetic Machine comic book example