We Are… Artists of the Code

“That computer programming language, which we game authors wield like paints and brushes, is merely a medium. As multimedia artists, we must strive to elevate the value of art above the medium. (Ok, now go read up on Aristotle’s Organic Unity of Art.)”

I once posted the words written above as a status message. I forgot what triggered it, but it was some sort of a defense mechanism against both artists and programmers alike that do not understand which category artist-programmers belong to.Β  We are indeed artists. We are also designers. The code is our medium.

Today, I had in my WEBDES2 class (Advanced Web Design) my previous HUCOMIN (Human-Computer Interaction) students.Β  While doing one of my lectures, which sometimes feel like stand-up comedies, my mouth went ahead of me and uttered a tag line that suddenly felt like the right fit for us multimedia artists.

We are artists of the code.

To illustrate the kind of artistry I mean, let me just share with you a video of a very very bored artist-programmer. Watch how he creates an anime-ish character out of notepad and a bunch of HTML codes.

Of course, this might be an exaggeration or a parody…but, you know what I mean.

10 Comments

  1. papavik

    June 5, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    comments…
    1) amf! he's japanese!
    2) addict!
    3) wow! really really really really really really bored πŸ˜›
    4) it's like etch-a-sketch!

    I guess it is but natural for us to make everything we use look beautiful, especially when we use it ALL the time. The internet and its websites have undergone tremendous changes, not just in function but also form.

    I guess web designers are like industrial designers of the 21st century, only our artworks are not exactly tangible. Take the computer for example, for those who were born before the iMac or Alienware, the computer was just a plain looking plastic box with a black with green text interface…now when we think of a computer, we see a sleek and stylish, eco-friendly titanium made piece of machinery with an interface that just screams “Wow!”, both very powerful and very pretty (admitted mac lover…LOL!). Web designers put the “Wow!” in surfing the internet, makes everything we look at and “research” online aesthetically appealing (maybe that's why we surf a lot more now, cause everything just looks so purty!).

    Everybody can hold a brush…but not everyone can harness the true power of the code. πŸ˜›

  2. skysenshi

    June 5, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Um…yeah, I can hold a brush. Just hold it. Hahahahahaha!

  3. papavik

    June 5, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    hahaha, me too! just hold it. πŸ˜›

  4. skysenshi

    June 5, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Chorva ka, papavik ha. You are a painting major. =P I wish I could be half as good with the brush as you are. πŸ™‚

  5. Emman Puno

    June 24, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    My contest entry:
    http://emman579.multiply.com/journal/item/8/ASP_Riddle

    It's somewhat like a riddle. medyo korny. I'm not good at writing. T_T

  6. Emman Puno

    June 25, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I did another entry, because my first entry was wrong. just something simple:

    http://emman579.multiply.com/journal/item/9/Artist_of_the_Code

    and another ridiculous one xD:

    http://emman579.multiply.com/journal/item/10/

  7. Ana Rapsing

    June 28, 2010 at 6:26 am

    My brain 'sploded after watching the video…:))

    Contest entry link:
    http://afflatus08.multiply.com/journal/item/7/GRIDS

  8. skysenshi

    June 28, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Me, too. I was catching my breath. I don't think I can draw with HTML. LOL!

  9. Emman Puno

    September 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I did another entry, because my first entry was wrong. just something simple:

    http://emman579.multiply.com/journal/item/9/Artist_of_the_Code

    and another ridiculous one xD:

    http://emman579.multiply.com/journal/item/10/

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