Creating Art With Code

Still from ‘Amazing Art Created with Code,’ 2012. (Courtesy the Creator’s Project)

Artist and software developer Casey Reas starts off drawing and sketching, and then he moves into computer code. In a new video posted by The Creator’s Project, Mr. Reas shows how, rather than write a poem, essay or fiction, his visuals are developed from “organizing logic and procedures.”

The artist, who recently collaborated with Tal Rosner, a London-based designer, on a 7,000-square-foot “software mural”—or, in layman’s terms, a projection—on the Frank Gehry-designed building for the New World Symphony in Miami. He was inspired by the idea of “emergence,” in which you combine coded rules to create something unexpected, he says.

“If you’re a composer,” Mr. Reas says in the video as a black screen fills with small jiggling white lines, “the final piece you produce is a score. “I think of the software that I write as being a score.” And just as music is different every time it’s performed, so is the software, according to Mr. Reas.

“Stereotypically, [computers] are such calculating, precise machines,” says Mr. Reas as an amoeba-like arrangement fills the screen. “Being able to allow unexpected things to happen is an exciting way to work with them.”

Take a look at Mr. Reas’s work for yourself.

Creating Art With Code