My name is Marcin Ignac and I’m polish artist / programmer / designer living in London, UK. I visualize data, create artificial life forms, experiment with technology and combine my passion for graphics with art of programming.
I perceive my art as a visualization of an evolving idea. While the initial impulse may come from nature, set of numbers or one of the situations in my life, the final outcome is a result of a process of working with the matter and trying to understand it.
In my works I’m looking for aesthetic qualities bridging simplicity and complexity. I find beauty and inspiration in structures of biological organisms, in patterns emerging from data and complexity of computer algorithms.
As much as in the final result I’m interested in creating software tools enabling me to explore my concepts. For me the code is both a tool and a medium. I use it to sketch out the first idea, learn from it and decide what direction to follow, what aspects of the achieved image are worth investigating more and what form is most suitable for it.
I have a bachelor degree in Computer Science, and I took part in Intelligent Decision Support Systems master program at Poznan University of Technology (Poznań / Poland). I was also studying Intermedia at Academy of Fine Arts (Poznań / Poland) and finished Interaction Design Pilot Year at CIID (Copenhagen / Denmark)
I have my own studio specializing in generative art, computational design and data visualization. It's called Variable (London / United Kingdom).
Before I work as a technology and interaction designer at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (Copenhagen / Denmark).
Before that I worked as a creative programmer and interaction designer at shiftcontrol (2009-2010) (Copenhagen / Denmark).
- Birmingham Artist, reveal yourself!, exhibition showcasing Polish artists in UK, Birmingham, UK, 2013-05 (Cindermedusae project)
- Gallery Weekend, exhibition, Poznan, PL, 2013-05 (Populus project)
- Generative Art, exhibition during 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, 2011-09 (Cindermedusae project)
- Alpha-ville '11 Festival, London, United Kingdom, 2011-09 (Nine Point Five project)
- Computational Aesthetics '11 Art Show, Vancouver, Canada, 2011-08 (Cindermedusae project)
- Level 2.0, exhibition during Kultura 2.0 conference, Warsaw, Poland, 2010-11 (Pattern and Dualism projects)
- Vivisesja '09, International Festival of New Audiovisual Phenomenons, Poznań, Poland, 2009-11 (3xI project)
- NEXT '09, Nordic Exceptional Trendshop 2009, Aarhus, Denmark, 2009 (Compound Eye project)
- Między POZNANIEM a rzeczywistością – Academy of Fine Arts End of Year Exhibition , Poznań, Poland, 2008-06 (Populus project)
- Voyage Sentimental – Mediations Biennale, Poznań, Poland, 2008-10 (Populus project)
- Data Art with Plask and WebGL - Talk at Resonate'13, Belgrade, Serbia, 2013-03
- Computational Everything, Talk at Art+Bits '12, Katowice, Poland, 2012-11
- Evolving Tools - Talk at FITC'12 Amsterdam, Holland, 2012-02
- How to move that pixel? – Pecha Kucha presentation at Obóz Kultury 2.0 – MediaLab Chrzelice, Chrzelice, Poland, 2010-08
- Sketching in Code – Presentation at Java Users Group, Poznan, Poland, 2010-05
- Look around you – Presentation at Dorkbot CPH, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2008-11
- Data Visualization in Processing, workshop at Art+Bits '12, Katowice, Poland, 2012-11
- Introduction to Processing, workshop at Hackdays '11, Łódź, Poland, 2011-07
- Flash and Data Visualization course at CIID Interaction Design Program, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2011-03
- Advanced Scripting in Flash, one week course at CIID Interaction Design Program, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2009-01
Quotes (stuff I find very very true)
If you know what it's going to look like, stop. Do something else. @creativeapps
What makes an artist, an artist, is in the very first place the urge to create. Monolake