aesthetics Category

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I’ve been working for the last few years using a combination of “creative coding” applications like Processing, thanks in part to the very large community that supports each other in the development and sharing of open source code and new media creation tools. Max/MSP, Quartz Composer and openFrameworks. Although I wrote HTML as a web designer for awhile, I’m not a coder or a programmer and have made a start in part thanks to this wonderul, sharing community and the ability to cut and paste code, tweak it until I’veRead More
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by Mark Gould It seems that the genre of generative art is both growing and becoming more sophisticated every day, and receiving a lot of attention in the art press and in related social networks. But there remains substantial confusion over the term, which I hope to do my part in helping to at least clear up some of the misconceptions and clarify just what is meant by the term and what many generative artists are doing. Needless to say this will be a broad overview and probably the firstRead More
Direct-On-Found Footage Filmmaking: Mining thedebris of image consumption & co-directing withnature
I was glad to have found the online journal, SCAN, about media arts culture recently and highly recommend it to students of the arts, film, media arts, media theory and other disciplines. SCAN is a refereed, inter-disciplinary and some of its subject matter includes media studies, media arts, cultural studies, fine arts, philosophy, new media, music and technology. SCAN is hosted by the Department of Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney. I read with interest Katherine Berger’s well written analysis of how a growing number ofRead More
Street Art, Clarion Alley, The Mission
  Like many city residents and tourists alike, I often stop by Clarion Alley to see if there is any new street art, or visit some great art again. A lot of the street art remains untouched, unfortunately some people in The Mission and other neighborhoods are taking to the awfully distasteful, horrible habit of tagging street art that an artist has probably spent hours, days or weeks working on. Ah, the price you pay if you post your work out in the open. I know, right? Still, you’d likeRead More
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James Hetfield of Metallica performs the national anthem before the #SFGiants game AT&T Park bit.ly/15rZ3pj twitter.com/sfsthetik/stat… (@sfsthetik) May 6, 2013   Original Photo: Getty Photos, Copyright 2013 at http://www.google.com/hostednews/getty/article/ALeqM5iz8LFX4hfQfaoVk3xhtdmOw0it3w?docId=167984810Read More
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Marius Watz (NO) is an artist working with visual abstraction through generative software processes. His work focuses on the synthesis of form as the product of parametric behaviors. He is known for hard-edged geometrical forms and vivid colors, with outputs ranging from pure software works to public projections and physical objects produced with digital fabrication technology. Watz has exhibited at venues like the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Todaysart (The Hague), ITAU Cultural (Sao Paulo), Museumsquartier (Vienna), and Galleri ROM (Oslo). He is a lecturer in Interaction Design at theRead More
by Mark Gould Designer Richard Seymour works on products with soul — from a curvy, swoopy iron to a swift and sleek city motorcycle. Seymourpowell is regarded as one of the world’s leading product and innovation design consultancies, with clients who include Ford, Virgin Galactic, Tefal, Casio, Nokia, Guinness, Samsung and Unilever. Seymour is also consultant global creative director of design to Unilever’s Dove, Axe/Lynx and Vaseline brands. So, it can be said that Seymour’s approach to the concept of beauty, or an analysis of current day thinking on oneRead More
While efforts in this regard certainly made large impact at the beginning of the last century, in the middle of the century, and again in the 80’s, say, the postmodern era, we see that this evolution is not completely new. But today we are seeing renewed and evolved thinking about using the arts and other creative-based disciplines as a means of research. Art as research you say? Just another nut job from California you say? Perhaps, but I think not. I have spent the last 20 years making this aRead More