FAB 2020 Happeneings: Otherwhere, Elsewhen
Until recently my career has been a long way from art, and only loosely around the sharp end of technology, but it has been seasoned with occasional creative projects.
More recently I have rediscovered my technical and creative muscles and have been working them hard to make up for lost time. I have invested a lot of energy learning creative coding and building many small sketches, plus a few more ambitious projects. Examples of each can be found on this page. I submit to exhibitions and competitions and grant opportunities, with occasional success. I code daily (in Processing, p5.js) and share something most days.
On one hand, I am excited by the purely self-serving exploration of technology in creative applications, and to see cultural and broader human benefits rather than purely commercial ones. But I am also keen to see where the technology can be the hidden medium for some creative concept or experience. Both the means and the ends matter.
I am not fully an artist, nor a designer, nor a software developer, but I bring what I can of each element to my work.
I recognise, grudgingly, that there is a limit to how many technologies I can learn, let alone master, or even be aware of. For each of those technologies, and their many permutations, there are endless creative possibilities. What I can do is stay tuned in, observe and learn from others, and draw on them to create and build.
My current obsession is around the misunderstood human brain and mind, and our often self-defeating behaviour. As much as our minds are limited, if we fail to understand the way they work, we miss the chance to make them work better for ourselves, and for the world, and we leave ourselves open to exploitation. We build automation that exploits our weaknesses instead of enabling our better selves. I believe creative technology can help us zoom out from our constrained inner viewpoint to better understand our own workings and behaviour, to be more tolerant, and more skilful at driving these incredible machines we inhabit, and to make automation an enabler rather than a threat. Remented (see below) is a living journal of my exploration of this area, brought to life through animations and mini games.