I recently watched Brett Victors talk from SF SIGGRAPh from 2012 where he talks about artists need to learn code, or to be more specific he argues that artists shouldn’t need to learn to code in order to take control of digital media. I found his ideas very insightful (As always, couldn’t recommend more to check out his other stuff too.) but still I tend to disagree with him on this. Below I write some reasons why. To really understand I suggest to watch the presentation before, it is well worth your time, if you are at all interested on what is happening in the digital arts at the moment.
For the last five or so years I have extensively worked with digital media. My art works use digital technologies and I have taught digital technologies. In my day work I use computers for almost everything. I have to say that many things run very smoothly with digital technologies. Pictures, video, programming (naturally) -All this enables me to do-and create- many things.