Joshua Davis is a force of nature. He's a designer, technologist, author and new media artist and much more besides. He's the creator or praystation.com for which he won the 2001 Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica. Davis worked on the visualisation of Watson, IBM's intelligent computer program. His work has been inducted into the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and he has spoken at the TED and 99U conferences about his career in algorithmic image making and open source. We had the privilege of seeing him at Reasons Festival recently and can attest, he is a genuine maverick talent.
Work by Joshua Davis:
Years ago, I made the wonderful decision of not checking sites or publications about the industry that I navigate. Doing so meant, to the best of my ability, I’d try ideate in a vacuum. I’d have hunches and I’d follow those hunches to arrive at failures and successes visually. By not having my industry under a microscope, it ultimately freed me from a lot of pitfalls like “that looks like this" or “somebody else already tried that” etc.. which in the end become obstacles to finding your own voice.
So this meant I had to look for new paths to inspiration, which for me has become music. I had to consume this music practice like mediation - calm, ambient lightning, a comfy chair, headphones, eyes closed etc... allowing the music to be the focus. In this meditation I would try to “hear” form, color and movement. Once “awake” I’d use my knowledge and tools to try to visualize what I just consumed sonically. With that said, my current muse is Ben Lukas Boysen. His work for me is so textural, so visual, so emotional. His newest album Spells currently has me under one. His work makes me feel like I’m floating in space, experiencing the entire universe in just a brief few minutes.
Music by Ben Lukas Boysen: