My name is Antonio Belluscio and I am a creative coder, old and new digital media designer, and teacher.
My first experiences with programming for aesthetic purposes were in 1983. I earned a degree in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan in 1988, with a final project on algorithms for the generation of images (Diviso 4).
At the end of the 80’s I also participated in several group shows, exhibiting generative digital art (the same “Diviso 4” and then “Disegno e campitura“).
In the following years I devoted more and more time to designing and developing multimedia artifacts, from educational software on floppy disks to mobile apps. I have taught at the Politecnico di Milano (“Tools and techniques for graphic design” and “Visual communication”) and currently teach “Computer Graphics” at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera.
Livin’ Bits is a “restoration” project of my past generative works and my taking up creative coder activities again.
Some of my works are no longer executable on current computers or mobile devices as a consequence of their technological obsolescence. Some had been stored on old “digital” audio tapes which are now illegible. Of others, all that remains are the listings printed on thermal paper.
Another aim is to resume the exploration of human perception dynamics through the gap between implemented and perceived logic. The project’s name indicates a specific interest in the perception of intelligence and life in digital artifacts that may, perhaps, help us to also understand some of our prejudices in the relationships with natural life forms.