Art, Life and Programming: Art

What is Art?
What is Art?

Credit: flickr / e-strategyblog.com, flickr / david.nikonvscanon, flickr / Joaquín Martínez Rosado

What is art anyway? A painting in a museum? A sculpture? An iconic photograph?

All of that and more?

Art is a product of human creativity, and there are various medium we can use for it.

Technology is changing art, because it provides new means of distribution, and new means of creation. Let’s look at some examples.

The Twitter Fail Whale
The Twitter Fail Whale

Twitter Fail Whale

A popular (but unreliable) web service can make an image iconic.

We Tell Stories
We Tell Stories

We Tell Stories

We Tell Stories is a project that uses the web rather than the traditional medium of a book. This enables another dimension to the story, one of the stories is interactive (your choices change the story), whereas another is recounted through Google Maps.

Cover of the New Yorker by Jorge Columbo
Cover of the New Yorker by Jorge Columbo

Cover of the New Yorker, May 2009. By Jorge Columbo

This image is created using the Brushes application for the iPhone. Isn’t it incredible?

PostSecret - Combining the Traditional with the Digital
PostSecret - Combining the Traditional with the Digital

PostSecret

PostSecret is a community art project, where people write secrets on postcards, and send them in. They’re collated by a man, Frank Warren, who collates them into a series of books and speaks at universities all over the US. Every Sunday, he publishes a blogpost called “Sunday Secrets”. This combines the traditional medium (post and books), and a new medium (blogs).

Pixel City - Procedurally Generated City
Pixel City - Procedurally Generated City

Created by Shamus Young

Best explained in the video, below.

Isn’t it awesome?

I Want You To Want Me
I Want You To Want Me

I Want You To Want Me, by Jonathan Harris & Sep Kamvar

I Want You To Want me visualizes data from dating sites, it, “explores the search for love but also the search for self in the world of online dating”.

See the video below.

I really love this project, it’s a great source of inspiration to me in my work and I think illustrates beautifully the intersection of programming and art.

Art, Math, Both?
Art, Math, Both?

Is this art, or math? Or both?

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