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Abstracting the Self: A study in primaries, secondaries, and a computer's will
by Pall Thayer

Based on images captured automatically by the artists laptop camera at two minute intervals.
Instructions: Put on your favorite music and watch the screen for prolonged periods

The artist's self-portrait has been a staple of art throughout art history. This work explores an approach towards the artist's self-portrait within the context of contemporary digital culture and real-time media delivery. The artist's laptop computer has been programmed to take a picture of whatever happens to be before it every two minutes. These images are then randomly combined in a constantly changing, composite "painting" that never quite completes itself.


Pall Thayer is an Icelandic/American artist who works with computer programming code as an artistic medium. He studied visual arts at the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts and the Helsinki Academy of Art and received an MFA in Open Media at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He has been active within the computer based art scene since the late 90s and has exhibited and presented his work at festivals and galleries around the world including New York, Montreal, Copenhagen, Paris and Sao Paulo. He currently works as a computer programmer and lecturer in new media at SUNY Purchase College in New York.



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