Today’s Ideology

Casey Reas


Title Today’s Ideology (26 July 2015)  / 2015
Details Custom software, digital images

Casey Reas writes software to explore conditional systems as art. Through defining emergent networks and layered instructions, he has defined a unique area of visual experience that builds upon concrete art, conceptual art, experimental animation, and drawing. While dynamic, generative software remains his core medium, work in variable media including prints, objects, installations, and performances materialize from his visual systems.

The Today’s Ideology series is a set of continuous, generative collages created from all of the editorial photos in a single day of The New York Times. The images are shuffled and then obliquely drawn, one at a time. Each work in the series is made on the day referenced in the title of the artwork from the images in that day’s paper. This work flattens the editorial hierarchy and reduces the significance of individual images to reshape the experience of reading the images.

Today’s Ideology is influenced by the history of ideas that started with the development of perspective in the visual arts as a shift to an objective and mathematical way of representing time and space. Today’s Ideology pushes contemporary photographs away from the pretense of objectivity and into a state where the viewer is more active in exploring and interpreting the images.