Programmed aesthetics

Electroplastique 1

by Marius Watz

Excerpts from software artist Marius Watz work ElectroPlatique #1. I am currently attending a course that he is teaching at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts on ‘Programmed aesthetics’ where we are working with Processing – an open source programming language used by designers and artists to program images and interactions. I am beginning to understand Kittler’s assertion that every media student should know at least two programming languages. I am slowly getting there. Although difficult for a humanist to try and get a grips on, I am definitely fascinated by the strange world of ‘pushMatrix’ and ‘xdelta’ syntax. Maybe it was never meant to be French nor Spanish after all…

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