don relyea
Since 2005
Works in United States of America

Don Relyea graduated from the Meadows School of the Arts in 1992 where he was a print making major and a merit scholarship student. He also obtained an management of information systems degree from Cox School of Business. Upon graduation he jumped into the multimedia software industry producing video, games and interactive content for publishers and clients. In the multimedia industry he developed a love for programming graphics and now produces art in several media.

Relyea's tools are script editing windows and compilers. Relyea's background in traditional print making left him with a strong consideration for the process of image creation. Rather than creating algorithms as art in their own right, he strives to write algorithms that simulate the creative process. He breaks down the process of designing, enlarging, and rendering an image on paper or canvas and translates the processes into software.

Relyea's experience in music significantly influenced his art. He stumbled into generative art by accident while writing programs to generate live visuals for several of the bands he contributed to during the 90's. Relyea was using live generative visuals as early as 1998 for electronic projects Jump Rope Girls, Ropelab and Evilcomputergenius. Performances were marked by stacks of old telivisions and video projection displaying live mash ups of recent generative works by Relyea.
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Lazy Town naturally occuring glitches, I played hooky from work for 45 min capturing the goodness!


Link to page with more pictures and videos:


Pixel Bleed

If you are not afraid of hex then xvi32 hex editor is fun for this sort of thing and you can batch automate it as well. You just have to be careful you do not corrupt your frames so massively that they will not open any more =)

Links to software and example output:

I put together a playlist of similar videos people posted to youtube ( last year ) as well.

Since then I figured out how to get my set top box to do this to tv signals on demand. I have also figured out how to capture it at high resolution as well but I have not done anything with the high res files yet, although I was planning on making a music video with it, lol.


Stick em up!


Paulson, Bush and Bernanke execute the greatest heist in the history of the world. More...


110th Congressional Assembly, worst ever!

Thu Sep 04, 2008 00:00 - Fri Sep 05, 2008

United States of America

Rahm Emanuel, Dem. Caucus Chair, House of Representatives, 110th congressional assembly.

Project page:

Flickr set:

The 110th Congressional assembly has the worst job approval rating since pollsters have been able to track such things. This congress has even managed stay less popular than President Bush, an achievement worthy of recognition. So this particular congressional leadership has been immortalized in infamy with an extension of the hair particle drawing project.

The series includes dripping hairy portraits of: Adam Putnam,Chris Van Hollen Jr, Debbie Wasserman Shultz, Diana deGette, Ed Pastor, Eric Cantor, G.K. Butterfield, Janice Schakowsky, John Boehner, John Carter, John Larson, John Lewis, John Tanner, Joseph Crowley, Kay Grainger, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Rahm Emanuel, James Clyburn, Rosa Delauro, Roy Blunt, Steny Hoyer, Thaddeus Mcotter, Tom Cole and Xavier Becerra.

The beauty industry and the advertising industry have conditioned us to hide or cover up so called "unwanted hair" such as back hair, pubic hair, arm pit hair and leg hair. We cover it up, shave it and wax it off. With the proliferation of mass media it is desirable to white wash the unattractive traits of politicians. Using hair as a metaphor for that which is undesirable, what would politicians look like if they did not cover up their unwanted hair?

This series was done in C++ and Open GL using openframeworks. See project page for more details.


rhiz raw count to 10


6 layer pcb board, 6