Combinatorial Creatures and Small Robots:
A Trajectory of Current Work
I have been interested in developing two types of projects: interactive, pictorial databases and the building of small, crude, “off-the-shelf” robots which attempt to replicate human activities, particularly “lofty” ones such as making art or predicting the future. While the formal considerations and ultimate effect of these two types of projects are very different, the fundamental questions are the same. Strange creatures doing absurd things with respect to “Nature” and “Culture” ask the viewer to consider what is “natural” is and what role humans and machines play within contemporary life.
Eva Sutton is a digital media artist, photographer and programmer. Her current work explores the boundary between static images and interactive databases in which users change the visual state of the system. Before becoming an artist, Eva was a software engineer working primarily in the fields of biotechnology and large-scale database management.
Her work has been featured at Aperture, SF Camerawork (San Francisco) Exit Art (New York), The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Tang Museum, The National Center of Photography in Paris, SIGGRAPH, and the on-line sites Digital Imaging Forum (www.art.uh.edu/dif), www.genomicart.org and www.pbs.org.
She has lectured on issues in art and technology at venues including Princeton University, New York University, The Cooper Union, the Hong Kong Center for the Arts and the Ludwig Foundation in Havana, Cuba. Sutton is a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island where she teaches digital media and photography.
She lives and works in New York City.