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Aura of digital art

Continuing my quest on digital art, which I started on my previous post, I started thinking about the aura of digital art as I was reading Rushkoff’s “Program or be programmed: Ten commands for digital age” .(which is a great book by the way and a must read for everyone, really, it is.) Anyway Rushkoff reminded me of early 20th century philosopher Walter Benjamin who wrote about the Aura of the original artwork. I started thinking if there exists an aura in digital artworks. Digital art is so abstracted from real life and exists in real life only through electronic media. Without electricity there would be no digital art.

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MAX/MSP and Arduino basic-course starts 5.3. in Helsinki

There is new max/msp & Arduino course starting at Muu mediabase this weekend. (5.3.2011)
There might still be few places left, so if you’re interested and happen to live in Helsinki be quick and
check more info at Muu’s site.

I will be teaching the course together with Jukka Hautamäki. Its going to be fun.

Artificial digital art vs. real digital art

Loom, by Tomi Dufva

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I have been wondering for quite a long time that why is it thatI prefer programming as a way to create digital drawings and not just simply use some clever drawing programs, like painter or illustrator. And there is some great drawing programs out there, that can mimic real life mediums and go well beyond them. Like Painter with it’s watery watercolors and liquid inks. Somehow digital paintings just feels wrong, even if they are nice programs and the works produced with them fairly good. Come to think of it, I have never seen any convincing abstract piece of art that has been made with such tools. There is some very nice figurative works, Like Mikkö Ijäs’s iPad drawings. But I havent come across some nice abstract paintings or other digital artworks made with such tools. There is some, but they’re probably ment to be just some filling in website or similar.

Obviously the answer is simple: they are just copying real life media. They are not original. And it can be felt. Hardly ever have I seen digitally made paintings that would move me. They cant, because theyre superficial. Abstract art is all about the media, it shows the quality of the media, like the material of oil colours or the light of watercolors and that way it also conveys some larger intents of the artists. Digital copies don’t do that, they are mere copies trying to be original.

Still, coded digital art moves me. I always find and feel it interesting. Painting by code. It feels natural. And that it is: programming is the very core of digital.

Well this is simple thing really. Just something I think of importance to ponder on.

impromptu

Yet another new acquaintance on new programming platfroms: Impromptu This one is for os X users only and takes advantage of AU-units and is designed for live mixing, coding. Seems really interesting and free alternative to for example max/msp& jitter. (Although impromptu seems like normal programming platform and not visual like max. And there’s of course Pure data…)  There’s also some support for objective-c which does sound very good and can prove to be very powerful feature.

I haven’t had time to check it out myself, but if you do please leave some comments and your feedback, as Im very curious and interested of hearing more.