Less fartsy, more artsy

Who can forget Homer Simpson’s whine from the classic Simpsons episode at the chilli bake-off: ‘Less artsy, more fartsy’?

It can’t be a bad thing to take the opposite stance to our favourite anti-intellectual gourmand, so I will. I’m really enjoying the contributions of the Computer Arts Society to our website. It’s important to demonstrate that computers add more to culture than birds of a short-tempered disposition and tomes that take the aspect of visages.

Sorry, was I getting pretentious there?

We’ve had two artworks featured so far. Both are interesting to look at - some aesthetic quality being a minimum requirement of art (discuss) - but also both have that vital component from the BCS point of view of a technological source.

The first uses an algorithm to produce complex drawings.

The second uses a new take on time-lapse photography using web cams, in this case training their unwavering gaze on Mount Fuji.

Those two little sentences haven’t really done the pieces justice - check them out.

And to whet your appetite, March image of the month (online soon!) is a moving piece (literally, whether it moves you emotionally is, of course, down to you) using ‘processing’ (a programming language, development environment, and online community that promotes software literacy in the visual arts) which creates a java application. The animation is based on a cellular automaton that uses ‘best neighbour’ relationships...

I hope you enjoy these pieces over the coming months - feedback welcome.

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