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. 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. 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.
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.