Scott Draves - Software Artist

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About Scott Draves

Scott Draves is a pioneering software artist best known for creating the Electric Sheep, a collective intelligence consisting of 450,000 computers and people that uses mathematics and A.I. to create an infinite abstract animation.

His work has been shown at LACMA,, Prix Ars Electronica, ZKM, Art Futura, Emoção Art.ficial Bienial, and is in collections world-wide including the 21c Museum Hotel, MQS Capital, Google, the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, and MEIAC. His clients range from Skrillex to the Adler Planetarium.

Draves Bomb was one of the first interactive software artworks (1994) and also the first Open Source artwork, and the first interactive reaction-diffusion. His Fuse algorithm (1991) presaged texture synthesis and Stable Diffusion.

In 1990 he received a BS in Mathematics from Brown University and in 1997 a PhD from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University for a thesis on metaprogramming for interactive media.

In addition to software artwork, Draves has a career in startups and engineering leadership. He is currently in stealth mode after a stint as VP of Engineering at Stability.AI working on open source generative AI.

Previously he used perceptual AI to develop neuromotor interfaces for augmented reality at Meta Reality Labs after the acquisition of CTRL-labs, where he was the Director of Engineering. Read more of his tech career on LinkedIn.

Learn more by reading these interviews of him: in the book Colliding Worlds by Arthur I Miller, The Creators Project, Triangulation Blog, and Art in Odd Places.

Read Scott's entry on the Wikipedia, or dig into his archived old home page.