Archive for September, 2008

CC227 week one slides

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Slides and other materials from this morning’s CC227 lecture are now available at the course website. Also included are links to the sound samples we listened to, in case you want to hear them through less tinny speakers.

See you next week!

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John Whitney

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Here’s a link to a video by a very important computer graphics pioneer, John Whitney. When he wasn’t busy making abstract computer graphics from the 1950′s up till the 90′s, he was busy inventing slit-scan technology. Slit-Scan Technology was used to make the awesome stargate sequence in the Stanley Kubrick film, 2001 A Space Odyssey

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slit-scan/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Whitney_(animator)/

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Geometric Abstraction

Monday, September 29th, 2008

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Check this out. It’s Piet Mondrian’s ‘Composition 10′. It was painted in the late 1930′s.
This painting is often used as a key example of Abstraction. Abstraction is sometimes referred to as a ‘non-objective’ arts practice. This type of geometric abstraction was partly inspired by Kandinsky. Kandinsky thought of Abstraction as a method of revealing or uncovering subjective experience – i.e. inner experience. What’s particularly interesting about Kandinsky is that he probably suffered from synesthesia, a condition whereby internal neurological sense information (light, sound, smell, taste, texture) gets mixed up.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia

So, Kandinsky’s abstraction is a direct result of his condition. As such it can be read as his interpretation of the confusion between his auditory and visual systems.

Mondrian’s abstraction is slightly different. It’s about dividing a space with colour using geometry. This is something you’re going to be doing a lot of. What’s interesting about Kandinsky and Mondrian is that they both represent a shift away from represention. This is the same shift that you are going to make.

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Wassily Kandinsky

Monday, September 29th, 2008

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Transverse Line, 1923, Wassily Kandinsky.

Excerpt from Wikipedia entry on Wassily Kandinsky :

Kandinsky analyses in his writings the geometrical elements which compose every painting, namely the point and the line, as well as the physical support and the material surface on which the artist draws or paints and which he calls the basic plane or BP. He doesn’t analyze them on an objective and exterior point of view, but on the point of view of their inner effect on the living subjectivity of the observer who looks at them and lets them act on his sensibility.

The point is in practice a small stain of color put by the artist on the canvas. So the point used by the painter is not a geometric point, it is not a mathematical abstraction, it possesses a certain extension, a form and a color. This form can be a square, a triangle, a circle, like a star or even more complex. The point is the most concise form, but according to its placement on the basic plane it will take a different tonality. It can be alone and isolated or put in resonance with other points or lines.

The line is the product of a force, it is a point on which a living force has been applied in a given direction, the force applied on the pencil or on the paint brush by the hand of the artist. The produced linear forms can be of several types: a straight line which results from a unique force applied in a single direction, an angular line which results from the alternation of two forces with different directions, or a curved or wave-like line produced by the effect of two forces acting simultaneously. A plane can be obtained by condensation, from a line rotated around one of its ends.

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Resources Section – An introduction

Monday, September 29th, 2008

The resources section is a collection of web links, book recommendations and information centring on Artists, Concepts and Technologies that are directly relevant to the Creative Computing Programme. Please make use of this section as it is the place where you will find the stuff you need.

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Creative Computing Starts Monday

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

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We’ve been working very hard to provide new students with the best resources that any top university can afford. With that in mind, we thought you’d appreciate a picture of our brand new student workstation.

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Resources

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Here come the resources

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Creative Computing Induction

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

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The Creative Computing Induction will be tomorrow morning, Tuesday 23rd of September in Room RH 352. We’ll see you there.

Oh, and yes it IS at 9 am.

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Processing

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

The main teaching language in the first year of the course will be Processing, a language built on top of Java that is designed for the needs of visual artists. It is an ideal language for introducing and teaching  the basic concepts of creative computing. The web site is a great place to look both for technical information about the language and for inspirational projects that have used Processing:

http://processing.org/

You can download the Processing environment from the site and start playing.

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Welcome to Creative Computing

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

This is a collaborative course information site for the Goldsmiths College Dept. of Computing BSc in Creative Computing.

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