Slade School of Fine Art



Experiments in Digital Surface Generation 1, 2 & 5 November 2007

PI: Simon Schofield

Honorary Research Fellow, Dr Simon Schofield had an exhibition of new system-based artworks produced during a two year NESTA Fellowship, Experiments in Digital Surface Generation, at the Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square in November 2007. For more information and images please visit

Simon Schofield creates digital images of enormous vitality and complexity, each composed from immense constellations of detailed sub-elements. He uses this technique to capture the vibrancy seen in nature and scientific phenomena, or to explore the limits of drawing and pattern using vast fields of tiny drawn elements and endless reconfigurations of decorative symbols and images achieve a quietly meditative, oceanic quality. In order to construct these surfaces

Simon Schofield has developed new software tools that assemble the images over time, using many thousands of repeated operations, according to sets of rules. These are then saved out and printed on to paper or fabric in a range of sizes in order to expose their full richness.

This exhibition was the first public showing of this series of work and was funded by NESTA (The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), as part of their Fellowship programme. The project was also supported in kind by GameLab London, part of London Metropolitan University, and The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.

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