I would like to pick up a couple of threads here...
Dave proposes that there can be 'Art' residing in code itself.
While Patrick asked … how does technology become transparent to the point
where it is almost purely expressive?
This seems to echo the same processes that separate art from craft - where
the art form is the unique and singular object/experience and the crafted
object acknowledging exquisite forms albeit in a celebration of
reproduction and repetition. (and yes, I do realize that these lines have
been transgressed time and time again). But - for the sake of argument -
Lets compare code to the mechanical manufacture, say of a ceramic bowl.
There are both hand thrown bowls (more akin to the coding process) and
bowls that have been cast (perhaps like software applications like Director
In either case, if we focus on the structure of the code, coding (or
sculpting) process, either in its unique or manufactured form, we might
acknowledge the bowl/interface for its beauty or function in a craft-like
manner. However, when the code, coding (or sculpting) process becomes so
ubiquitous that it becomes transparent and (Patrick’s) expressive value
comes into the foreground (the clay, the process and round form melt away
into celebration of blissful containment) then we might recognize the
essentialist aspects of the uniqueness of the object/experience, which
produces the art form (including aura.. etc..)
"There's so much comedy on television.
Does that cause comedy in the streets?"
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