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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: MUTATOR 1 + 2: Evolutionary Art by William Latham exhibition, 7 Sep 13 Oct 2013, Brighton, UK

Evolutionary Art by William Latham
7 September  13 October 2013
Open Wednesday  Saturday 11 am  5 pm
Free admission

William Latham was one of the first UK artists in the 80s to create computer art, and he rapidly 
gained an international reputation as a pioneer in the field. His work blends organic imagery and 
computer animation, using software modeled upon the processes of evolution. Starting with a simple 
shape, Latham introduces random mutations of a form in order to generate increasingly complex 
three-dimensional creations that resemble fantastical, futuristic organisms. Mutator 1 + 2 is 
Lathams first major exhibition in the UK in over twenty years, and includes his early hand-drawn 
work, large computer generated Cibachrome prints, video art and his most recent interactive 
projected imagery that explores and embodies evolutionary processes, physical and virtual space. 
Trained as an artist, Latham moved into the world of computing through his work at IBM, and during 
this time collaborated with mathematician Stephen Todd to develop a methodology for mutating and 
evolving forms. Their Mutator code allows designers to breed designs in the same way as Latham 
generates art, pulling us into the virtual laboratories of artificial life. The manipulation of 
the natural world by humans is a theme which runs though much of Lathams work; in fact he likens 
himself to a gardener who breeds organic art by exploiting and amplifying mutations in order to 
create new, hybrid forms, a process he describes as an evolution driven by aesthetics. 

After working in the computer games industry for thirteen years, Latham returned to research and 
academia as Professor of Computer Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he works with 
Professor Frederic Fol Leymarie; he is currently collaborating with Lawrence Kelly on software to 
explore the world of protein folding and scientific visualization. His recent interactive video 
projections and web based programmes draw upon his most recent work undertaken at Goldsmiths, and 
they allow viewers to participate in and witness the process of evolution in a direct and intuitive way, 
whether this takes place within a gallery setting in Brighton or online from across the world.  
Sue Gollifer (curator for ACM SIGGRAPH international computer graphics, ArCade 1-V11, and director 
of ISEA International Headquarters) brings Lathams creative work from over three decades to 
Phoenix Brighton as part of the Brighton Digital Festival in 2013. Situated in a large artist-led 
organization with over a hundred studios, the gallery is a suitable breeding ground for work which 
pushes the boundaries and makes connections between artforms and disciplines, and Lathams output 
perfectly fits with this setting. As part of Mutator 1 + 2, Gollifer has commissioned the artist 
to create a large scale Retro-Form Synth drawing directly on the gallery walls. This piece will 
link together the various aspects of Lathams unique career and serve as an entry point for an 
impressive body of work which reveals the scope and range of this groundbreaking artist.  

Running alongside the exhibition, a special programme of talks, workshops and performances for 
Brighton Digital Festival celebrates some of the most innovative and internationally renowned 
artists working with digital technology in the city today. Further details at

William Latham Artists Talk

Evolutionary Drawing workshop

Evolutionary Live Coding workshop

Art and Computer Science Symposium

Further details and updates about the exhibition and related workshops, activities and events can be found at:

For more background on William Latham, visit

The Brighton Digital Festival takes place 1  30 September 2013:

PHOENIX BRIGHTON                        
10  14 Waterloo Pl. 
Brighton  BN2 9NB
(01273) 603700