Casey Reas

Casey lives and works in Los Angeles. His software, prints, and installations have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Reas' ongoing Process series explores the relationship between naturally evolved systems and those that are synthetic. The imagery evokes transformation, and visualizes systems in motion and at rest. Equally embracing the qualitative human perception and the quantitative rules that define digital culture, organic form emerges from precise mechanical structures.

He is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Media Arts and Sciences as well as a bachelors degree from the School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. With Ben Fry, REAS initiated Processing in 2001. Processing is an open source programming language and environment for creating images, animation, and interaction.

Casey and Ben Fry published Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists, a comprehensive introduction to programming within the context of visual media (MIT Press, 2007). In 2010, they publishing Getting Started with Processing, a casual introduction to programming (O'Reilly, 2010). With Chandler McWilliams and Lust, REAS is published Form+Code in Design, Art, and Architecture (PAPress, 2010), a non-technical introduction to the history, theory, and practice of software in the arts.

Reas is the recipient of a 2008 Tribeca Film Institute Media Arts Fellowship (supported by the Rockefeller Foundation), a 2005 Golden Nica award from the Prix Ars Electronica, and he was included in the 2008 ArtReview Power 100. His images have been featured in various publications including The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Print, Eye, Technology Review, and Wired.

Session: Compendium++

Amid several digressions into the history of programming, software, and art, Reas will discuss his Process Compendium and Chronograph. The Process Compendium is a system of forms, behaviors, and instructions used to generate visual systems. Chronograph, created with Tal Rosner in 2011, is a large-scale architectural projection onto the Frank Gehry-designed New World Symphony campus in Miami.

Session: Processing 2.0

Since 2001, Fry and Reas have developed Processing, an open source programming environment created for the visual arts. In this presentation, they will discuss the past, present, and future of the project as it nears the 2.0 release.

Lab: Conditional Drawing

Algorithms are the foundation of all programmed graphics, but of course algorithms exist outside of computer code. When applied to collaborative drawing, some algorithms are the basis for extraordinary interactions between people, pencils, and paper. Based on the Conditional Design Manifesto by Luna Maurer, Edo Paulus, Jonathan Puckey, and Roel Wouters, we'll casually explore a range of drawing systems and instructions. Visit for more context.