Peter Beyls

Peter Beyls is a Belgian pioneering interdisciplinary artist who has been exploring computer programming for nearly four decades. His work extends into the visual arts, music and hybrid experimental formats.

Peter's practice is a continuous dialogue between visual arts, music and sciences (computer science, information theory, mathematics, psychology, biology and cognitive sciences). Beyls developed the activity of programming (writing code) and its resulting man/machine dialogue as a  method for deep introspection of his artistic process and his own identity. Programming for Beyls is a speculative activity opening new conceptual areas and aesthetic horizons.

After completing initial studies in electronic engineering, Peter Beyls studied at the Brussels Royal Music Conservatory, EMS Stockholm and the Slade School of Art, University Colelge London. He was awarded a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Plymouth, UK for his research in evolutionary computing applied to real-time interactive music systems.

Beyls is deeply interested in the aesthetic and cognitive dimensions of digital media in the arts. In the scientific realm, he published some 75 papers on distinctive aspects of digital art and was a visiting professor at various institutions in Canada, China, Japan and the USA.

His work was widely exhibited and performed at events like Siggraph, ICMC, Imagina, ISCM, Generative Arts and ISEA. He is currently research professor at the Centre for Research in Science and Technology for the Arts (CITAR), Universidade Católica Portuguese, Porto and visiting professor of Media Art at the School of Arts, University College Ghent. 



With Yves Bernard, Peter Beyls, Josephine Bosma, Constant Dullaart, Valérie Hasson-Benillouche, Hampus Lindwall, Fabio Paris, Domenico Quaranta, Carlo Zanni.


Peter Beyls est un artiste pluridisciplinaire belge, pionnier des arts numériques depuis près de 40 ans. Il a travaillé dans de nombreux environnements de recherche, et sa pratique est un dialogue permanent entre arts visuels, musique et sciences (informatique, psychologie, biologie,...).


Peter Beyls est un artiste pluridisciplinaire belge, pionnier des arts numériques depuis près de 40 ans. Sa pratique se décline dans le domaine des arts visuels, de la musique et d'autre formats expérimentaux hybrides. À l'occasion de la publication d'une monographie chez MER Paperkunsthalle, iMAL organise une grande exposition rétrospective rassemblant une sélection d'oeuvres de 1974 à nos jours.