Adam Herst is a Toronto based artist, arts manager, and technology consultant. He is interested in the tension between ideas, their ownership, and their reproduction, and in exploring the proposition that ideas which are designed for dissemination will be disseminated. When Adam isn't creating art, he provides information technology services to arts organizations and other non-profits.

(All works by Adam Herst are licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Canada License.)


But for a long time, our static media, whether carvings in stone, ink on paper, or dye on celluloid, have strongly resisted the evolutionary impulse, exalting as a consequence the author's ability to determine the finished product. But, as in an oral tradition, digitized information has no "final cut."

After all, if your program can’t do anything more than what you could do quicker, better, or more creatively with a physical object, why bother using a computer at all.

When I hear what we call music, it seems to me that someone is talking. And talking about his feelings, or about his ideas of relationships. But when I hear traffic, the sound of traffic — here on Sixth Avenue, for instance — I don't have the feeling that anyone is talking. I have the feeling that sound is acting. And I love the activity of sound.. .I don't need sound to talk to me.

When we are involved in creative play, we are making something, but the point is not the something, but the making.


Current projects

2894

Reading of the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

claude wittman, MONOMYTHS: Stage 11, 2017, (Performance collaboration)

Computational Composition

Sketches in p5.js based on Composition by Arthur Wesley Dow. Click on the images to run the sketches.

Squiggles

A sketch to explore line harmonies. (Once the sketch is running, the image will change every ten seconds or you can click on the image to change it.)

Flowers

A sketch to explore notan harmonies. (Once the sketch is running, the image will change every ten seconds or you can click on the image to change it.)

Webcam

A sketch to explore notan and colour harmonies. You will be asked to allow the sketch to access your webcam. If you do, the sketch will take a few seconds to start running. (Once the sketch is running, the image will change every ten seconds or you can click on the image to change it.)

Tokonoma

A sketch to explore combined line, notan, and colour harmonies. (Once the sketch is running, the image will change every ten seconds or you can click on the image to change it.)


Previous projects

drawBot, 2017, (p5.js. Press any key to save the drawing.)

Performance Art Is Like A Kernel Of Popcorn, 2016, (Performance for Margret Dragu's Verb Frau TV at 7a*11d.)

Stop Sign Camera, 2015, (Intervention)

Performance Art Is Like A Kernel Of Popcorn, 2015, (Performance. Photo credit Henry Chan. Legs, Too organized by Fado Performance Art Centre.)

One Thing and Then Another, 2014, (Performance for camera)

Performances by Dead Artists: Karawane, 2014, (Performance)

Timer, Timer, Timer: A Noise Performance in Three Parts, 2013, (Performance)

Does a standing chair think of sitting? 2012, (Installation)

Intersection, 2012, (Performance)

Memories, 2011, (Performance)

Swansong, 2010, ( Performance for video)

The Revolution Will Be Live, 2010, (Performance)

Jon Sasaki, Human Statue of the Spirit of Individualism, 2010 (Performance Participation)

It's Not Easy Being Green, 2009, (Performance)

Sunnyside Mourning, 2008 (Performance. Left to right: Laura Mendes, John Loechner, Adam Herst, Laura Smith. Not shown: Annie Onyi Cheung, Gram Schmalz, Emma Barron)

Annie Onyi Cheung: On Consumption II, 2007 (Performance Participation)