FlashintheCan 2004

2004-04-03 00:00:00 2004-04-06 00:00:00 America/Toronto FlashintheCan 2004 The FlashintheCan (FITC) Festival celebrates digital innovation and creativity, continues to raise global awareness of Canadian digital innovation, and celebrates Ontario and Toronto’s leadership in digital media. Toronto FITC Toronto



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.