About the Exhibit

Transient: Impermanent Paintings

A duet of motorized piano and hyperreal projections combines human and technological elements through a system of unconventional generative algorithms.

Experience an immersive journey into artistic process, inspired by music and traditional painting techniques. This groundbreaking exhibition, originally composed a live performance in collaboration with musician SETA, presents a series of audiovisual paintings created by the artist in concert with generative algorithms. The exhibition employs technology as a lens to explore music for the 21st-century audience and rethink the traditional artistic techniques in the context of human-machine relationship.

Projected on a large scale, extremely high resolution hyper-realistic digital brushstrokes unfold like on canvas. Each brushstroke corresponds to a note, creating polyphonic synthetic landscapes. The same algorithms driving the hyper-realistic digital brushstrokes also materialize in the sound of piano via the Yamaha Disklavier DC7X ENSPIRE PRO, experienced through 24-channel L-Acoustics L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology.

This exhibition aims to blur the boundaries between image and sound, presenting a series of immersive audiovisual installations along with motorized pianos. Transient does not generate finite music and paintings, rather it presents the impermanence that lies behind its algorithmic potential. —Quayola 

Transient is presented with support from Yamaha. We thank them for their support!

About the artist


Quayola employs technology as a lens to explore the tensions and equilibriums between seemingly opposing forces: real and artificial, old and new. Constructing immersive installations, he engages with and re-imagines canonical imagery through contemporary technology. Landscape painting and classical iconography are some of the historical aesthetics referenced in Quayola’s work. His varied practice, all deriving from custom computer software, also includes audiovisual performance and sculpture.

quayola.com @quayola