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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: 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: 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…

Conceptual Art: Finding a Form/RCM

This class began with an exercise in expressing a single idea or thought, a form or collection process of evidence, in various incarnations. This could look like really quite anything, and, initially, I could think of just about nothing. I…

Conceptual Art: Finding A Form

The Body Keeps The Score I found that the methodologies we employed in our Finding a Form project provided an engaging contextual framework for making, one which allowed us as artists both to be held by and also free to revise…

Conceptual Art: Finding a Form

The class assignment, “Finding a Form” served as my formal introduction to the foundations of conceptual art. Being that I had no previous experience with creating works, I approached the first part of the assignment, where we had to procure…

Conceptual Art: Finding a Form

At first, when given the “finding a form” assignment I moved to present some form of evidence in an effective way, to affect, through my evidence, a specific impression on the viewer. Given work and discussions already had in class,…

Conceptual Art: Finding a Form

My experience with finding a form helped to evolve and expand upon my thoughts I had before the class.  Going into this assignment, initially, I was at a loss for ideas about what to use as evidence and/or a common…

Conceptual Art: Finding A Form

My process with the ‘Finding a Form’ series of exercises was one that did not solidify my idea as it progressed. Instead, I found my idea stuck, oscillating around the similar forms I chose instead of growing and becoming clear….

Art From Code: Under Control

We are living in an information age, where coding is becoming a basic skill for the younger generation. Still, I’ve been warned against venturing in the computational labyrinth, for voices constantly echoing in head: “it’s hard; you are going to…

Art from Code: Early Experiments

In my sophomore year, I took an Intro to Programming class in Python. The next semester I took a Data Structures and Algorithms course using Java, and I became hooked on coding. Coming into college, I was excited to pursue…

Conceptual Art: Finding a Form

My experience with “finding a form” began with a misunderstanding of the prompt. Originally, I had thought “Collect Evidence” was a call to make a work of conceptual art using the idea of evidence, rather than just compiling loose photos…

Art From Code: Bauhaus Clock

If I was asked what I thought about computational art in the past, because I knew absolutely nothing about it, I probably would have said that there is no artistic or creative skill involved in it. However, now that I…

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…