January 07, 2020
(WIP DONT READ)
I like to make artwork with computers, and spend a lot of time doing that. Talking with people about the ways they make art has triggered me to be more reflective about my own process.
This is me writing down some thoughts about my artistic process in order to better understand it, and hopefully to prompt others to reflect on their own patterns of making or learning.
Creating things is a way to have a conversation with the world.
I might have a passing thought or observation: “These birds move in a nice way.”
but re-forming that idea with my own hands means engaging with it from different angles.
Making art builds my understanding of the world and of my own perception. It gives me a structure to think ideas through and teaches me new ways to appreciate the world.
Giving shape to an idea also helps me to communicate it. Sharing something with others and hearing their perspective is another layer of learning.
I wish I knew! If you’ve programmed a computer, you probably know that it’s not an inately pleasurable experience. Computers would prefer not to make artwork, and they’re very efficient at finding ways to avoid doing what you want.
Convincing the computer to make art forces me to enter a very focused state, like threading a series of needles while rotating an idea in my head.
Left alone, my mind spends its energy worrying about things I can’t control or generally bouncing around and knocking into things. Writing code is a good activity for me because I can tire my mind out on less destructive activities, like naming variables.
I think that all forms of art teach you new ways to pay attention to your surroundings, but for me programming is
Because of the fiddly and frictive nature of using computers, and because of my own moodiness, I’ve found that creativity is something that comes in phases for me.
I handle different tasks when I have different types of energy to spare.
Starting new things based on sparks or ideas!
-> happens when i’m in nature, or talking with people, or whenever.
-> I usually can’t immediately start working on these, so i write them down for later, or do inital research on the web to learn more and build a list of resources.
Setting up new tools and building out programming environments for myself can be really hard work.
Installing dependencies and writing the first layers of code that set
requires optimism, math, different aproaches, design thinking
parameter space exploration hook up midi control
waiting for inspiration,