[eu-gene] Software / generative / whatever
amoeba at evolutionzone.com
Thu Jan 12 11:22:53 GMT 2012
Ok, so I might be guilty of elitism - but not in the sense only in the
sense that I rarely find great value in the work of someone who has dug
up sample code for a standard algorithm (i.e. tiling / L-systems /
circle packing / Voronoi) and applied it with predictable results. To do
so is perfectly valid as a personal exploration or part of a process of
learning or simply as an expression of the enjoyment of Making - but it
rarely makes for great art.
To say that such activities are on a par with Sol Lewitt's body of work
would seem an extravagant exercise in egalitarianism. This doesn't
preclude the chance that an "enthusiast" (known elsewhere as an
"Outsider Artist" - although those are usually a little crazy) might
produce a thing of great beauty, but it's certainly less likely. More
probable is the rise of artists outside the conventional mechanisms of
art schools and gallery world, personally I have no art degree to my
name so I would be foolish to imply that one was needed.
However, I do think most people who has followed the field for a while
can discern between art and design, between enthusiast and professional
artist. The former is a matter of intention, the latter is a matter of
depth and vision. If there is no way to discern differences then the
entire notion of an art field is moot.
Having said that, I totally agree about assigning relative value to art
and design. That's like saying that apples are inherently inferior to
oranges. The point is not that one is better - the point is that they
are completely different practices, achieving different ends by
On 6/01/12 22:17, John Clavin wrote:
> Statements like: "Art is....." and "Design is less important than art"
> and "Some are enthusiasts and some are artists" are making me want to
> go to another planet.
> Can anyone here look at a work of generative art and tell if the
> artist was an artist or an enthisiast? Or if the work is design and
> not art.
> What kind of an elitist group is this! Who are we to judge what is art?
> John Clavin
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Gogins <michael.gogins at gmail.com>
> To: generative art <eu-gene at generative.net>
> Sent: Fri, Jan 6, 2012 7:15 am
> Subject: Re: [eu-gene] Software / generative / whatever
> Design is less important than art, because design depends upon and
> presupposes art. Art is what creates the template for "the human
> world." Design fills out the template.
> On Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 2:29 PM, Philip Galanter<list at philipgalanter.com <mailto:list at philipgalanter.com>> wrote:
> > Absolutely Rob. I don't mean to be elitist in these comments at all. And for
> that matter I have nothing but respect for great design. It's different than
> art, but no less difficult or important.
> > I guess the point I was making was that at this point, at least in the digital
> realm, the making of generative art has gotten in front of the thinking about
> generative art. And so more should be done to nurture criticism, theory, and
> history work related to generative art. What can we do to make that happen?
> > Phil
> > On Jan 6, 2012, at 12:12 PM, Rob Myers wrote:
> >> On 06/01/12 17:33, Marius Watz wrote:
> >>> Most of the work is by enthusiasts, not artists,
> >> (Generative) Art For All! :-)
> >> - Rob.
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