Adrian Ward is a software artist who develops
audiovisual interactive and generative applications. Projects
like Auto-Illustrator or Auto-Shop
insist on the possibility of a radical change in the way people
interact with digital tecnology and software in particular, focusing
on an ironical reformulation of the copyright issues and in the
extension of aesthetical subjectivity to the code itself.
His most ambitious project to date is surely Auto-Illustrator,
an autogenerative program for vector graphic design. The more
the user gets used to its interface - that explicitly recalls
the interface of an almost homonym proprietary graphics software
-, the more s/he realizes that the same program is taking control
over the very design process. Very familiar functions have been
modified in order to act as semi-autonomous design tools, that
are able to take their own decisions on how the work should proceed.
Auto-Illustrator won the software art award at the 2001 edition