George Legrady is an artist whose multi-disciplinary approach investigates how culture is transformed through technological media. He explores the process of computational representation by quantifying human and cultural experiences. His artworks are realized in photographic-based media, interactive digital media installations, and computationally generated data visualizations presented in gallery/museum exhibitions, print and electronic publications and public commissions.
Legrady is a pioneer in the field of digital computational arts. He belongs to the first generation to explore how digitization has re-formulated the photographic paradigm. His early artistic work focused on a conceptual and semiotic analysis of the photographic image. His contribution to the digital media field since the early stages of its formation into a discipline in the early 1990’s has been in intersecting cultural content with data processing as a means of creating new forms of aesthetic representations and socio-cultural narrative experiences.
Born in Budapest and raised in Montreal, Canada. George Legrady is chair of the Media Arts & Technology Ph.D. program at University of California Santa Barbara. He has received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, National Science Foundation, the Canada Council for the arts, Creative Capital Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, and others. His work is represented in the collections of the Centre Pompidou; Whitney Museum of American Art; the Vernon Collection at LACMA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; musée d’art contemporain, Montreal; 21c museum/hotels, National Gallery of Canada; and other institutions.