Digital art takes on life of its own

DIGITAL ARTIST: Gordon Monro has created an evolving digital artwork.
DIGITAL ARTIST: Gordon Monro has created an evolving digital artwork.

Digital art is a genre that did not even exist a decade or two ago and has only arisen in the age of powerful computers. Now it sits alongside classic paintings in the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Nanocosm is a projection-based digital artwork that evolves and changes during its month-long life at the gallery.

Subtitled Algorithmic World, Nanocosm is a miniature world with its own laws and imperatives that is inhabited with strange, abstract entities that grow and decline during its life.

Mathematician and digital artist Gordon Monro wrote the Nanocosm computer program in which hexagons spawn, move and fuse together to form larger shapes that make up environments for the smaller shapes.

Mr Monro has a background in mathematics and science, and last year completed a PhD in Fine Art at Monash University working on computer-based art, and Nanocosm has developed from his PhD studies.

Nanocosm runs until September 10.