Engine 26, the generative painting installation by Daniel Hirschmann, was chosen as one of the two artworks to be shown at the Whitney’s 2010 Gala event.
The installation is a part of the ongoing experimentation and development of the generative painting genre of new media artwork. It has been developed to act as a collaborative tool that allows the combination of pattern, structure, color, context and process to produce versioned art works. The software is written to allow for the gestural manipulation of live video and the output of a ‘painted’ moment in time.
This most recent version of the artwork – Engine 26 – is a site specific, interactive installation created for the Whitney Gala 2010. Using various computer vision techniques to capture the movement of visitors through the camera, Engine 26 paints different areas of live video onto the digital canvas over time. All the paintings from the night can be seen on the online archive: www.engine26.net.
Hirsch & Mann handled all production, design and project management of this installation.