Emerging Media and Creative Coding

Form + Code: In Design, Art, and Architecture ~ Image Source: Form + Code web site

In reference to the emerging media of his time, theorist Marshall McLuhan wrote, “Today we’re beginning to realize that the new media aren’t just mechanical gimmicks for creating worlds of illusion, but new languages with new and unique powers of expression.” Writing code is one gateway for realizing these new forms. Learning to program and to engage the computer more directly with code opens the possibility of not only creating tools, but also systems, environments, and entirely new modes of expression. It is here that the computer ceases to be a tool and instead becomes a medium.

~ Form + Code: In Design, Art, and Architecture by Casey Reas, Chandler McWilliams, and LUST

I cannot put this book down. It’s been a great resource in learning the emerging media and how artists, designers, and architects are working within a fast paced digitally laden environment. Please click on the image above to visit the Form + Code site. This book is certainly for anyone interested by new media arts and computational aesthetics.

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Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos is a writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research areas and interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, networked culture, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She is currently the managing editor for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and Public Art Dialogue. She has lectured and spoken at the De Young museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” has been published to The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture in 2016. She serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism, board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center, and teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Digital Art and New Media department.

4 thoughts on “Emerging Media and Creative Coding”

  1. This reminds me of a client’s husband who was an artist doing acrylic and watercolors. His works would be hanging in City Hall or some other government institutions.

    You would think that he would remain old school, but when computer graphics came out, he fell in love and nothing can keep him away from the computer. My guess is because of the endless possibilities, and a miniscule margin for error.

    If he’s not already aware of this book, you can bet I’ll the link.

    1. Thanks so much for reading and posting! I really (REALLY) appreciate it. Your comment reminds me of David Hockney and his fascination and incessant ‘painting’ practice on mobile devices (specifically, iPhone and iPad). He mentioned being able to digitally paint a sunrise and send it to friends the same morning he created the piece and how this is not something he would have been able to do before. Although there is an element of instant gratification, there is also an acceptance that technology heralds a wide array of possibilities to those that welcome it into their creative/art practice.

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