Marc Downie and Paul Kaiser
Marc Downie and Paul Kaiser are two of the three artists in OpenEndedGroup, which has pioneered a new approach to digital art that frequently combines three signature elements: non-photorealistic 3D rendering; the incorporation of body movement by motion-capture and other means; and the autonomy of artworks directed or assisted by artificial intelligence. OpenEndedGroup artworks span a wide range of forms and disciplines, including dance, music, installation, film, and public art. They create their work by means of their own extensive software platform, Field. Released as open source, Field has received support from the Mellon Foundation, the NEH, and the NSF.
Downie, whose background is in music and computer science, has a PhD from the Media Lab MIT and an MA from Cambridge University. Kaiser’s background is in film, writing, and special education; he has a BA from Wesleyan University and an MEd from American University. Among the prizes they have won individually or collectively are a Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Cage Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a Media Arts Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, and a Bessie award for the BIPED décor. Their venues have included Lincoln Center, the New York Film Festival, the Barbican Center, the Hayward Gallery, ICA Boston, Sadler’s Wells, the Festival d’Automne, the Sundance Film Festival, and many others.