All i’ll writte belove will be a personal opinion about many things i readed in the past and that i’m searching now with the purpose to solve some questions related my job and my passion.
Anyway a part of those things are already metabolised by my brain, so i’ll try to be concise.
It’s time to keep clear in my mind about many ideas, mistakes and questions i have and i did.
Let’s try to simplify and to agree a common language between you and me:
What is the Software art ?
With the term Software art, i think we could agree to describe any form and any category of art maded by a custom software.
A Custom software is a personal set of rules and a process written in a computer’s language to produce, in this case, a piece of art.
So we could agree that in this vision the term Software art could group all the many terms that try to describe art related to custom softwares/ medias and computers as: Interactive art, new media, generative art, bugs-art, Net Art etc.
We should agree also that Software art does not group Digital Art. Why?
Cause in my opinion the term Digital Art describe art that uses computers and softwares tools but simply doing this the artist does not create his own tool or medium and in this way the art product lack bringin informations about the intimacy between the artist’s logic the concept and the process of creation.
To code is a invisible form of informated art. If you have the colture to read it.
Why i do software art ?
Because i could not keep separeted the science and the art. Art is technè to service a research of the beauty: (in the Platonic philosophy point of view).
Because if in the early past, we keep separeted the process of creation and we spend a lot writtens to try to describe the concept and the process of any singular piece of art, now with Software art we could have a gestalt of form concept and process.
Is the software art conceptual or is formal ?
I’ve already answer this, but to be more straight: Both and that’s also why will win on other forms of obsolete arts.
“In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art.” Sol Lewitt
“Formalism includes work from different tendencies and with diverse aspects, so it ends up seeming ambiguous and complex. Its dominant feature is austerity, as well as a geometric component that unites form and content. Its works have an impersonal and technological feeling, with no perception of the artist’s hand.” Richard Serra
“Thus, for Kant, form consists of the spatial… organization of elements: figure, shape, or delineation… In the parts of the Critique of Judgment in which form is emphasized as the essential aspect of beauty, Kant is consistently a pure formalist.” Donald Crawford
But it deal with space in virtuality.
Industrial vs Artisan, process?
In the post-post-modernism age, in the Global Village we are living in, it makes no more sense to argue that by a technological point of view:
“Postmodernism conceived of contemporary culture as a spectacle [..] Its successor, which I will call pseudo-modernism, makes the individual’s action the necessary condition of the cultural product.” Alan Kirby
Software art is both toghether. All the efforts of software’s industry and software artisans actually is pointed , by a tecnical point of view, to refined the languages/tools.
What should be the reserach of an aestetic in software art ?
I think that you can not use technology, without talk about technology, and you can not use technology without know technology.
That’s why i think Software art, in its syntetic language: can not be not, self-referencial or society-referential, or in the case of art art-referencial.
Also cause cognitive sciences teach us that, anything we percived is confronted by the way with our past experience.
So what are the differents between a technologist and technology designer/artist?
Design and art using technology in my opinion could be confronted with what Villem Flusser wrote in Toward the Photography’s philosophy: the same differents that are between a photographer and some one who push buttons: The critic sense.
All that points i argue here in a too simple way, are really deep. So deep that i feel uncomfortable to talk about it, i feel small and unuseful related al the humanity thinkin evolution.
But i would like to dedicate this start of thinkin to all my friends pasts, presents and beyond.
A progressist, a Global Village’s product, an eloger of the creative otium, a not someone who’s pushing buttons, an atrist.