Ingredients: warm sweater, sandwich wrapping, four hands, time.
I wrote another program in Processing to explore Perlin noise. Creative coding feels like an indirect technique for producing art. I build tools that create for me. The result can be sound, an image, a movie or something else.
I never know what exactly I will get, and this for me is part of the beauty. The result combines randomness with expected attributes. In this case for instance I do not know where shapes will be placed, or what colors will be used. I only know the general feeling of it. I know the image will contain curves of a certain thickness that diverge and converge in specific ways. I also know the kind of elements that will be missing: straight lines, text, squares or circles, to name a few.
One could say I'm a curator, since I decide which images are good enough and which ones get thrown away. At the same time, I'm imagining and creating a tool that produces something for me. I wonder then, who the artist is: the one who writes the program or the one who generates the image? I find it fun to think that the program is the artist, when it's me who decides how the program works. If the program is the artist, I determine how his brain thinks.
This brain, made of lines of code, does not run all by itself. I observe it and adjust it while it creates. It continuously adds new curves to the canvas without any help, but I decide when it's the right time for a new layer, how dark old layers should become, and when the image is ready.
I think the program is an extension of myself. It's a tool I produce that allows me to extend my creative abilities.
I wrote a slightly chaotic drawing program in Processing. Then, computer and I drew this together. With the right balance between control and unpredictability, your own creations can surprise you. I like that feeling. I also like the interactive process, where you add something, the program adds something, and then only you (not the computer) can recognize shapes and meaning, which affects the way in which you continue the drawing. It's like some kind of dialog.