Art from Code

Art From Code: Molnar’s Gradualism and the Quest for Mathematical Beauty

I am not very good at math. Some would say that I am, in fact, a menace when it comes to anything more than simple addition. However, I am constantly fascinated by the way math and art combine in code,…

Art from Code: Molnar and Repetition

My previous article (Art from Code: Time, Space, and Spacetime), analyzed the heavily debated question: is computational art really art? If we dig deeper into the debate between computer generated art and conventional art, we’ll find the more nuanced argument…

Art From Code: A Response to Vera Molnar

After reading about Vera Molnar’s art making process of starting with a base code and then altering one aspect of the code (a variation of one parameter), I have come to view repetition in a new way. I’m realizing that…

Art From Code: Understanding the works of Vera Molnar

Working in the realm of computer designed art using coding opens your eyes to a new world of possibilities because any idea you form can be presented digitally with a few clicks of a button. Anything your creative mind desires…

Art From Code: A Response to Vera Molnar

Repetition can be tedious, like when you’re working at a desk every day. It feels like you’re doing the same thing over and over. However, repetition can become something great, like when you go for a walk every morning. From…

Art from Code: Molnar Gradualism

The repetition of each loop I created are not dull and monotonous purely because they are repetitive in their nature. Instead, they are creative and lend themselves to meaning with each repetition. They grow and build off each other to…

Art from Code: Understanding Repetition and Routine through Molnar

The word repetition dates back to Latin roots and by defintion, it means the action of repeating something that has already been done. Molnar’s practiced style of repeating is similar to a pyshcological idea Freud presented in 1914. Repetition Compulsion…

Art from Code: (a modern display of the brush)

As I began to work with Processing, the Javascript code animator application, I began to understand a different language. At first, I was able to pick up the basics easily. I understand the fundamentals of code because, like any mechanism,…

Art from Code: Molnar inspired pattern

Generating patterns through computer programming gives you the feeling that you are cheating. I am not sure who or what you are cheating, but making different iterations of designs in seconds pushes artistic creativity to a new level. When I…

Art From Code: The Early Experiments

In the beginning… What both terrified and intrigued me most about the concept of Art From Code was the prospect of using a complex and computational software to create something that I love: art. Before ever embarking on this journey,…

Art from Code: Molnar Response

In creating my code, changing only one aspect each time, I was able to experience the gradualism that Molnar spoke of. It is perhaps one of my favorite projects that we’ve worked on in Art from Code. I think that…

Art From Code: Watch

Those who think computational art is not creative because it’s “made by a machine” are unfairly disregarding what the real people coding that art bring to the project. Code is another way to bring ideas to life just like painting…

Art From Code: A Funky Little Worm on a Funky Little Planet

My initial worries for this class came on the first day, where I struggled to unzip the Processing folder and almost accidentally factory reset my laptop. I’m not tech savvy, and already the realm of computational art seemed far beyond…

Art from Code: Time, Space, and Spacetime

I currently call the city of San Francisco, California home — although I spent most of my high school years in the Palo Alto/Stanford University area. Being from the more commonly known “Silicon Valley,” coding was and still is a…

Art from Code: Focus on the Past Collage

When the assignment of creating a collage was assigned, I knew immediately that I wanted to use old photos as the basis of the collage. What resulted was slightly unexpected and I was unfortunately unable to get parts of it…

Art from Code: Polygon Waves

For my conference project, I was greatly inspired by the works of Georg Nees and Grace Hertlein. I really admire the geometrical aspects of Nees’ work. Geometry is very captivating to me whenever I look at a piece of work…

Art from Code: ‘CHAOS IN THE CALM AND CALM IN THE CHAOS’

For my conference project, I wanted to add a personal touch to my work. Hence, I used my instinct and my studio background in painting and coded two portraits in static mode, coding each triangle in a different colour.

Art from Code: A Response to Grace Hertlein

Grace Hertlein sought to digitalise nature. For her art work, she took inspiration from her natural surroundings. Eliminating the anatomical element from her computer art, she brought the natural element of art into her work. I experimented and recreated my…

Art From Code: A NetArt Story

Aesthetically, the net art narrative that inspired this project the most was Olia Lialina’s My Boyfriend Came Back From The War. It’s an interactive non-linear story that features gifs and hyperlinks. Because I was working in Java and not HTML I couldn’t quite mimic this exactly, but I tried to emulate early personal websites by using Comic Sans and creating pixel illustrations. Essentially, I wanted to create what Hito Steyerl would a poor image.

Art from Code: Floaters

My conference project began with me following an interest in floaters, the clumpy, dark, things that move across your eyes and are visible when looking at a light, bright surface. Specifically, their movement and shape was what interested me. I…