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May 13, 2020 view post

While experimenting with Turtle art images, I generated the image below. For some reason, the image immediately brought to mind the idea of harmony. Photographs of people and places would be expected to evoke emotions in relation to those people and places, but, abstract or geometric shapes are not as obvious. What is it about images that evoke particular emotions?

May 12, 2020 view post
Organized chaos

The Turtle art concept is simple: draw a random line with a random color, turn a random angle, then repeat. That organized set of instructions generates an image that looks anything but organized. For some reason, this image reminds me of the notepads in stationery stores where pens were sold. Customers were encouraged to test the pens for sale by writing on this white notepad. The results of the random testing by customers was a white sheet of paper with lines in a mix of colors and lengths.

May 11, 2020 view post
Turtles and jellyfish

The researcher, Seymour Papert, believed in the use of computing to create art and improve learning at the same time. He developed and advocated the concept of body-syntonic learning, in which the learner uses their own body to visualize how to instruct software to perform the same motion. Asking yourself how do I make a circle by walking helps to conceptualize how to instruct the software to make a circle. He developed a computer language, Logo, to apply and develop his research. In that language, the equivalent of the graphical cursor was referred to as the turtle. This friendly name was coined by Gray Walter, a researcher in Britain who referred to the robots in his experiments as tortoises.

The image below was created using the key elements of the Logo language adapted for the web browser and JavaScript era. The blue and luminous shapes bring to mind jellyfish.

May 10, 2020 view post
Form shapes content

In the book, 101 Things To Learn in Art School, Kit Long wrote that "The medium is the artwork's first identity. It is secondarily about what it depicts. Form shapes content."

Art created using software will necessarily be different than art created using acrylic paint or other traditional media. We should embrace it and search for content that is well suited for software.

What are the constraints of art created using software? What are the liberating advantages of using software to create art?

©2020 Chi Nguyen