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David Bowen Exhibition News

Image of David Bowen artwork in action
August 31, 2017

David Bowen, Associate Professor of Sculpture featured in a variety of Art Exhibitions

Image of Bowens interactive artBowen's new work flyAI will be included in Das andere Ich (The other I) a group exhibition featuring works that explore artificial intelligence at Postcity, Ars Electronica, September 7–11, 2017.
Bowen's work infrared drawing device will be included in Drawn from a Score a group exhibition at the Beall Center For Art + Technology, University of California, Irvine, October 7–February 3Drawn from a Score will include works by: Sol LeWitt, John Cage and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.
During his spring residency at Autodesk Pier 9 Bowen completed several new works including FLY CARVING DEVICE In FLY CARVING DEVICE, one hundred live houseflies control a 5 axis CNC router as it carves a block of foam. The flies move and interact inside an acrylic sphere as a camera tracks their motion. This motion is processed with custom software and mapped to the code used to control the axes of the CNC machine. When a single fly is detected, the machine simply follows the movements of that fly. If several flies are in the field of view, the software moves the machine based on the activities of the collective. In this way, the flies are the brain of the CNC machine, determining where, when, how fast, and how deep to carve the foam.