Oliver Nowak is a trans-media artist who has worked in digital media, photography, performance, computational design, and more recently artificial life and machine learning. He received his MFA at SVA in NYC in 2008.
Oliver is also a software engineer at Affectiva, Inc. working on new ways of recognizing, analyzing, and conveying human affect within 'The Network'. Most of his work is currently under NDA.
He presently lives in Boston, MA.
I am a self-taught programmer extremely interested in aesthetic computation.
Presently, I am most interested in artificial life, machine learning, computer vision, visualizing massive data-sets and leveraging the concept of Photography as it is evaluated in digital form.
Most of my recent software is under NDA with Affectiva, Inc.
My interest in photography comes from a desire to push the bounderies of what is expected and possible in photographs and digital images.
This could be subverting the optical effect of a camera lens, pushing film beyond its capabilities, seamless digital manipulation - or more recently - using artificial life to transform and subvert our idea of what it means to be a digital image.
The pixel represents the volatility of the moment within the continuum of the screen. It is dynamic and timeless, smoothly transitioning through data states as effortlessly as it maneuvers through the space of the screen, as the screen, and for the screen.