IT'S not often that you get to touch the artworks at an art gallery.
But, The F Project Precinct's latest exhibition, People, objects and algorithms, allows you to do just that.
The exhibition's statement describes algorithms as "simply a set of non-ambiguous rules for completing a task".
"While we closely associate them with computer coding their origins long predate the digital age. And while there is also a long history of "rule based" art, such practices are usually contained within the realm of pure abstraction," the statement said.
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The exhibition was funded by Deakin University and is being run by Deakin University Burwood Campus doctors in the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) doctors Simon Grennan, Katie Lee, and Ilona Jetmar.
"We are academics and artists trying a new experiment," Mr Grennan told The Standard.
"We are inviting visitors to do some drawing.
"The exhibition is based on the process of algorithms; we use algorithms in different ways."
Mr Grennan said one way of using algorithms was to elevate the work of non-artists.
He said algorithms required collaborations or interventions between artists, with the collective lecturers using several for this exhibition.
"We have a board with some algorithms at the gallery, with some examples up there," Mr Grennan said.
"Hopefully over the next four weeks there will be our work and an accumulation of the visitors work from when they attend the exhibition."
Mr Grennan said the exhibition also allowed for the collapse of the boundaries of studio space, exhibition space and audiences.
"It provides that opportunity for that informal exchange between artists and visitors where we can work on this project and they don't just look at it but engage with it themselves, also gaining a and get a better understanding of it," he said.
"There's definitely an element there for visitors to the gallery to be active, rather than passive."
Mr Grennan said the inspiration for the exhibition came from the teaching space.
"Algorithms are something that I use when teaching," he said.
"I gave a workshop for my peers at Deakin.
"Algorithms proved a good way to work with people that aren't artists - you didn't need to be an artist, you just followed the algorithm."
Mr Grennan said the exhibition allowed the teachers in the drawing unit to get together and do some work in Warrnambool.
"The three of us as colleagues were wanting to work together on a project coming out of the COVID-19 lockdowns and were wanting to escape to somewhere else," he said.
Mr Grennan and his fellow artists and lecturers worked on the exhibition in person in the first week, with artist in residences running it for the rest of the month.
An opening of the exhibition was held on Friday, followed by the fundraiser on Saturday.
The exhibition runs until January 9.
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