Wednesday, March 26, 2014

INDN 341: Processes For Creation

The concept that I liked the most from the last post was the concept regarding the stretched fabric that was distorted. I think that this concept has got quite a bit of potential in terms of form explorations as well as creative outputs. The user has a lot of control over the process, and it's not a 3D printer per se, but it has a creative output that has the potential to be quite beautiful.

The first part that has to exist to make sure that the whole things works the way I intended is the attachment method for the fabric. It's something I want the user to be able to manipulate to achieve a large variety of outputs. However, that said it's not the only potential way of rigging the fabric. There is potential for the set up to be controlled by a micro-controller as well, by manipulating the heights of different parts of the fabric through the use of small motors.

Another idea I have for mechanical variances to be implemented is when the input of colour is controlled by a micro-controller. An idea I have in this regard is to allow the micro-controller to control the flow of colour, but this again is only one of a few potentially different techniques. By altering the flow, the controller could control how the ratios of the different colours on the overall piece work together.

Another option that I really like the look of at the moment is to implement a rotating ring that the user could activate, allowing the different colours to have the point at which they fall adjusted. This ring could be activated by the user moving it with their hands, alternatively, it could run on a small motor, which would allow automation of this function as well.

I've always loved working with water colours, and they have proved to be a lot of fun to experiment with. I especially like the forms that they make when dripped or poured onto the canvas. There is a sense of randomness in the way that the drips splash, but yet you can kind of govern the randomness by altering your pouring/dripping speed as well as location.

I really want to explore this idea of "automated art". It's a really cool exploration into the way that we feel that art should be made. Does art necessarily have to have a real human input? Are robots capable of creativity? Do robots have to have a conciousness before they are creative? Is their creativity just ordered randomness or merely based on given variables?

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