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Friday, March 18 – Sunday, April 3


Nikzad ArabShahi

2022 / Netherlands / Iran

Chapelle de Beaurepaire, 45 Rue Eugène Gilbert, Clermont-Ferrand

Opening time:
Tuesday to Saturday from 1 pm to 7 pm
Sunday from 2 pm to 6 pm

The work:

After a series of studies on generative arts and artificial life systems, artist Nikzad Arabshahi had the idea to reconstruct the essence of his paintings as an artificial life ecosystem (Soft Alife) to give the visual elements/components a certain degree of autonomy, and certain control over its own production to grow, develop and perform as a group of autopoiesis agents in real-time through algorithmic computer renderings.

The outcome of this idea/self-reflection is turned into living computational algorithms and implemented into the coding platforms by the artist to allow him to develop an artificial synthetic ecosystem formed on creating probable Alife (Artificial Organisms). This project does not simulate living components digitally on the computer. Instead, it is an experience of the possibilities of generating visual art as a “living computation” beyond the chemical solution. Therefore, it is constructed for synthesizing generative art based on the collective data and determined protocols. These data were captured, collected, and re-engineered by the artist during his study on underlying mechanics of behavioral decisions through the art-making process. and filtered via the established evolutionary protocols that were created for the Autogenesis project. The outcomes of these protocols provide all the necessary computation for the challenges of existence to the software-based system. An Alife that can develop the painterly experiences by growing artificially, as a consequence of a continuation of living computations, evaluating, reviewing, reflecting, and reinterpreting with no need of the creator/artist’s presence to control.

The artist:

Nikzad Arabshahi was born in Tehran-Iran, He is a Den Haag (Netherlands)-based interdisciplinary artist, educated ArtScience at Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, The Netherlands). He has been actively working in the fields of fine art, generative art, and interdisciplinary art since 2003.

Nikzad concentrates on creating and developing immersive multimedia environments, visual installation, and audiovisual performances by designing custom-made tools and generating visuals based on algorithms and creative coding. Nikzad collaborates with creative professionals in the fields of creative industries, architecture, urban lighting, festival organization, performing arts, and theater show to grasp a deeper understanding of interdisciplinary arts.

More information:

Artist portrait:


Nikzad Arabshahi (NLD-IRN)

Sound video installation, metal structure in an arc, images generated in real time by algorithm.

In collaboration with Mehrnaz Khorrami (sound creation)


Guest curator: Saeed Khavar Nejad, artistic director.


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