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David Bowen Exhibition News
August 30, 2017
David Bowen, associate professor of Sculpture, featured in a variety of art exhibitions.
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 3. Drawn 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.
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