WEEK 6: READING LOOKING DOING I
WORKSHOP WITH JIM ANDREWS
Upon opening Aleph Null, I immediately connected with Andrew’s Futurist-like style. Famous works like Dynamism of a Cyclist by Boccinoni and Battle of Lights by Joseph Stella are some of my favourite works of art. The Futurist deconstruction of representation and form is both chaotic and intriguing. Like Boccinoni, Andrew’s works are unique. Since there are very little recognizable or grounding forms the tone and emotion are left open for the spectator’s interpretation.
The randomness and almost-unpredictability of his “poetry” is the most alarming aspect and as I see it, connects him to the futurist movement. The digital mediation of randomness (of the movements, and text presentation) is very different from the painted or sculpted forms from the 20th century. The artistic flare that makes digital works recognizable can be must more difficult to find. Even Andrews admitted that he worries about not knowing whether a piece is made by his program. The final forms are not deliberate actions made by the artist anymore, rather the conditions are set out by the script (or the tool) they produce to make the art. The digital work is unique in that it is “always becoming”.