Scott Draves

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Scott Draves
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Born1968 (age 54–55)
Known forSoftware art
Notable workFlame, Fuse, Bomb, Electric Sheep, Dreams in High Fidelity
AwardsPrix Ars Electronica, Vida 2.0, Vida 4.0, ZKM App Art Award
An image from the Electric Sheep.

Scott Draves is the inventor of Fractal Flames[1] and the leader of the distributed computing project Electric Sheep.[2][3] He also invented patch-based texture synthesis and published the first implementation of this class of algorithms. He is also a video artist[4][5] and accomplished VJ.[6]

In summer 2010, Draves' work was exhibited at Google's New York City office, including his video piece "Generation 243" which was generated by the collaborative influences of 350,000 people and computers worldwide.[7] Stephen Hawking's 2010 book The Grand Design used an image generated by Draves' "flame" algorithm on its cover. Known as "Spot,"[8] Draves currently resides in New York City.

In July 2012 Draves won the ZKM App Art Award Special Prize for Cloud Art for the mobile Android version of Electric Sheep.[9]


Draves earned a Bachelor's in mathematics at Brown University, where he was a student of Andy van Dam before continuing on to earn a PhD in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University.[10] At CMU he studied under Andy Witkin, Dana Scott, and Peter Lee.


  1. ^ Birch, K. (2007-08-20). "Cogito Interview: Damien Jones, Fractal Artist". Archived from the original on 2007-08-27.
  2. ^ Johnson, S. (August 2004). "Sheep in Shining Armor". Discover Magazine.
  3. ^ Wilkinson, Alec (2004-06-07). "Incomprehensible". New Yorker Magazine.
  4. ^ Bamberger, A. (2007-01-18). "San Francisco Art Galleries - Openings". Retrieved 2008-03-11.
  5. ^ "Gallery representing Draves' video art". Archived from the original on 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
  6. ^ "VJ: It's not a disease". Keyboard Magazine. April 2005. Archived from the original on 2008-04-12.
  7. ^ Digital Art @Google Data Poetics Presents Scott Draves’ Generation 243.
  8. ^ Windley, P. (2006-05-07). "Art of Networks".
  9. ^ "ZKM Press Release" (PDF).
  10. ^ "Bibliography of Draves' CMU research papers". Retrieved 2008-03-11.

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