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Edisc Julian 001

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I didn’t make the above piece from scratch. I used a script which automatically generated the parameters. All I did was color it, set the camera just right, and tweak a couple of other details. Does that make it less art? Does that make the process of choosing this configuration of pixels over all others less important? What do you think?

Categories: Creativity, Fractal Art
  1. April 30, 2010 at 3:14 am

    In modern art, random process such as paint splatter are frequently used. Here, you crafted a script to drive a pattern, then personalised it. How can that not be art?

    • May 6, 2010 at 2:03 pm

      I would say that the paint splatter analogy applies to fractal art in general: The artistic task is finding a compelling pattern in a near-endless sea of possibilities and combinations. Technique and personal preference guides you through this space, and through that a style emerges that is properly yours.

      That explanation doesn’t really apply to this case, though. Some scripts have large amounts of randomness, others not so much. This is one of the latter. Using it is more akin to sharing a technique, to repeat something you’ve learned from another artist with perfect, computerized precision.

      If there was a machine that produced art at the push of a button, the one building the machine would definitely be an artist. But what about someone who does nothing more than to press the button? Could we say this person is an artist, on the mere merit that he chose to press the button on this machine, as opposed to another one, or not pressing it at all?

  2. April 30, 2010 at 8:10 am

    It is a beautiful piece of art that appeals to me. You are an artist.

  3. August 8, 2012 at 9:01 am

    It does depend on what is the definition of art.
    Otherwise there’ll be an endless arguing and discussion.

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