In John Maeda’s new upcoming book “Creative Code” published by Thames and Hudson (rel. 2004) I was given the opportunity to write an essay in the chapter addressing “dynamic abstraction”. In my session, I’ll be showing how the work was created on http://www.once-upon-a-forest.com using this idea of dynamic abstraction. Fundamentally, art/design has been taught as very static process… executing style/method and arriving at an end result. I prefer to write programs (or machines, as I like to call them)… and it’s these programs that generate the compositions for me. With this method, the end result is never static; making room for as many anomalies as possible, every composition generated by the programs I write is unique to itself. I program the “brushes,” the “paints,” the “strokes,” the rules and the boundaries. However it is the machine that creates the compositions — the programs draw themselves.