Will Copps’ Digital Synthetic is a new-media twist on concepts previously explored by visual artists and musicians like Wassily Kandinsky and Brian Eno. An abstract installation piece, Digital Synthetic explores the concepts of ambience, synesthesia, color, generative programming, and human interaction through the capabilities of a computer, SONAR detection, and the canvas of a high-definition television.
Unique to the project is its generative nature, produced by infinitely looping audio and video effects, using different loop intervals and the ability to send data back and forth to ensure that no two instances of the work are ever exactly the same. The use of a SONAR sensor to detect when a viewer is present pushes the work into a “painting” mode, where a video painting unfurls that is completely unique to the viewer’s presence and that moment in time, giving the viewer a personal relationship with the work, and thereby collapsing a traditional understanding of spectatorship.
Digital Synthetic pushes forward the ideas of many pioneering artists by using complex engineering; radical combinations of texture, sound and color; and the power of modern technology to redefine a viewer’s perception of true generative art, spectatorship, and the capabilities of technology.