Daniel Temkin

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Name: Daniel Temkin
Country of Origin: US


Daniel Temkin (b. 1973, Boston) makes images, programming languages, and interactive pieces that explore systems of logic and language. He was recently awarded the 2014 Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for the esoteric.codes blog, his exploration of programming languages as art. His work has been a critic’s pick in ArtNews, the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and shown at Mass MoCA, American History Museum, and projected on the Manhattan Bridge as part of Dumbo Arts Fest. He has presented at conferences such as SIGGRAPH, ISEA, Media Art Histories, GLI.TC/H, and hacker conferences such as NOTACON. His writing have been published in World Picture Journal, Leonardo, Grafik, and others. He is a 2012 graduate of the International Center of Photography¬†/ Bard College MFA program in Advanced Photographic Studies.

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Some artists are not only wildly talented but also are just supremely kind and thoughtful. Daniel Temkin’s is both. Esoteric.Codes covers self-expression in the text of code. It began in 2011 as an interview series with esolangers, those who make unconventional programming languages. Esolangs are often created as challenges to programmers, who experience the language […]

Dither Studies #33

signed and numbered 1/1 on the back of the paper Dither Studies began with an accident in Photoshop: applying a small color palette to what should have been an empty field of color created instead a complex, seemingly irrational pattern. This was an error diffusion dither: perhaps the fundamental algorithm of digital photography. Applied to […]