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Joshua Davis is often referred to as a legend in the digital art space. His history in pushing the boundaries of generative, programmatic art is unquestionable. His code symphonies are operatic. The codebase is one of his masterpieces that has yielded a body of artwork that is vital, arresting and gorgeous. The artwork is a glorious fusion of creativity, both human and machine. As a painter, turned programmer, computation became a way to amplify his vision. Animation and interaction presented yet another frontier. NFTs have become the ultimate way to encapsulate and archive his work, having been extremely prolific in the evolution of largely temporal interactive media on the Internet when he became famous as his alias "PrayStation" and won a Golden Nica from the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria in the category “Net Vision/Net Excellence, the highest honor in international net art and design.
An influence for generations of digital artists and designers, Davis has a lasting legacy. A prominent icon in generative art, Davis has started to focus on his own history, aiming towards a career retrospective. Joshua’s work has been exhibited at the Ars Electronica, le Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern, The Design Museum, The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, MoMA PS1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and more.
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