Anything and Everything is Art

Because we have exhausted all traditional mediums of art, artists and creators are turning to the exploration of new forms of language and media to find unique new outlets of creativity. While we may associate art with sculpture and painting, Software Studies points to new mediums of art throughout its various lexia.

Many programmers may compete to see which of them can produce the most elegant design of a code, both being functional and easy to use. This in itself is an art form that takes skill to craft together. And consequently, with the continuous complications that must be applied to code to condense it into an easy to use format, glitches are created. Even in quite popular art, this effect is noticed. Recently at the MOMA, I saw that in its partnership with uniqlo, glitches were becoming a new addition to many works of modern art. Even in the “create your own t-shirt” section, glitch was added as one of the design effects along with more traditional options such as splatter and paintbrush.

Along with strictly aesthetic design such as this recent glitch effect, design in code has been a niche competitive area for years. the art of obfuscating code has resulted in the International Obfuscated Code C Contest, producing works of art such as this:

And through even further complications of code, weird computer languages have their own niche of artists. “Malbolge,” for example, a computer language named after the eighth circle of hell, is so absolutely horrible to work with that it took two years for a programmer to create a simple “hello, world!” program:

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If anybody tells you anything you’re doing is not art, don’t listen to them. Yes it is.

~ by colinjhong on April 6, 2015.