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Andrei Iacob / Software Art
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Software Art

“Generally art is a (product of) human activity, made with the intention of stimulating the human senses as well as the human mind; by transmitting emotions and/or ideas. Beyond this description, there is no general agreed-upon definition of art, since defining the boundaries of “art” is subjective, but the impetus for art is often called human creativity.”

Wikipedia.

 

I came across this book the other day, called Information Arts - Intersections of Art, Science and Technology. With a little research, I found out that the book is an excellent, yet complicated study mostly about visual arts and the connections with technology in general. Pretty interesting, but some of the things there where a little bit out of my area of expertise (I’m not John Hodgman, you know) like genetics, molecular biology, telecom, etc.

 

The book brought to my interest the concept of Software Art. That’s only because of a little misunderstanding. I thought it meant Software as an Art, but I see that Software Art is about visual arts were software plays an important role. At first glance, I understand it as CAA (Computer Aided Art). But this tag is just too simple for how complicated things are.

 

 

But past the misunderstanding, I remember a month ago, when I was at the Brukenthal Museum In Sibiu with my colleagues from MSP, I was really bored. Maybe It’s because I’m not sensitive to the emotions/ideas transmitted with the paintings (or because the rooms were really hot and I didn’t like the guide at all), or because I plain old didn’t like them. I remember the times when I studied The History of Arts in the 8th grade and I sometimes used to laugh at the interpretations of some of the pieces of art. Everybody understands a different thing, yet still, there are some people (skilled people, of course) that claim they’ve got it right.

 

 

Back to the subject, I finally found something that I understand and enjoy, that I can explore and find interpretations and make comments about (and also something that I could look at while drinking wine, wearing a sweater and saying things like “Yyyess”, “Quite”, “How exquisite ” and “I wonder what the poor people are doing today”).

 

Take a look at these:

http://www.digitalcraft.org/iloveyou/

http://www.p0es1s.net/

http://www.runme.org/

 

And most important, an exhibition of artistic code : http://artport.whitney.org/commissions/codedoc/index.shtml

 

They say it’s a passing trend, but that’s what they said about the internet years ago.

2 Comments

  1. LucianB wrote:

    “But past the misunderstanding, I remember a month ago, when I was at the Brukenthal Museum In Sibiu with my colleagues from MSP, I was really bored. Maybe It’s because I’m not sensitive to the emotions/ideas transmitted with the paintings (or because the rooms were really hot and I didn’t like the guide at all), or because I plain old didn’t like them.”

    Or maybe it’s just because you’re a ‘manelist’.

    Posted on 26-Sep-07 at 2:06 pm | Permalink
  2. Andrei wrote:

    For the record and for the audience that don’t know me personally, please check my last.fm profile ( http://last.fm/user/iaci ) to see that I’m not a “manelist”.

    Posted on 26-Sep-07 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

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