Andreas Müller will be speaking at FITC Amsterdam 2012 about the business of making digital art. Andreas took the time to answer a few of our questions so FITC fans and followers could get to know him a little better leading up to the event. Meet Andreas Müller...
What are you passionate about?
A great many things, but in this context the digital medium as a form of self expression.
I absolutely love what I do, I can't think of many things that feel better than to look at something you've made, that was once in your head and now actually have it alive here in the outside world. It's one of the most addictive things I've encountered.
What personal projects are you working on?
My process, if you can call it that, is to have a bunch of things going on at the same time. It helps me to have a really varied set of things to work on at any time.
I like to keep personal projects in my life for a long time, this way over time I distill them into the essence of the idea, or simply loose interest, which is also a valid outcome of the process.
So at the moment the main things I'm chipping away at are a lamp that turns brighter the more you turn it towards an important place in your life, I'm helping bring OpenGL ES 2.0 rendering to Openframeworks on iOS (beta testers needed), I'm really enjoying working on light installations so I'm continually adding on to our in-house software to control light rigs, a machine to keep a feather floating in the air (which is never going to work) and I'm putting together a 3D printer from a kit to play around with that for a bit, plus a bunch of other things that are just rattling around my head for now.
What tools are you working with now?
I spent most of my time programming, so XCode or Visual Studio are almost always open on my machine, any other tools I spend a statistically insignificant amount of time in.
Where do you get your news?
What do you do to disconnect?
I don't do nearly enough analogue things to disconnect, but I find cooking extremely relaxing, either just for myself or even better, for others.
There's something about it that is so opposite from what I do all the time. And having the meal itself afterwards is extremely satisfying, unless you've gone a bit too experimental for where you are at skills-wise.
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