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Old 21 January 2003, 23:53   #1
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Old 22 January 2003, 00:45   #2
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Old 25 January 2003, 03:38   #3
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that's one woman doing all this.
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Old 25 January 2003, 04:10   #4
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Best fractals I've seen. Calling fractals as art is lame though.
 
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Calling fractals as art is lame though.
I do not agree.
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Old 25 January 2003, 17:30   #6
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Fractals are just mathematical functions.

If my poop had a nice gradient color it would look better, alas it's just brown.
 
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If my poop had a nice gradient color it would look better, alas it's just brown.
If you look close enough, you can see art in a lot of things. That's why I love noise, for instance.

Actually I believe that you love demos, right? Well demos are nothing more than a code; the chips and circuits interpret this, and boom! Art. Not far from a fractal, finally... Very mathematical anyway.

And if you forget what poop is, just for a moment, I mean, by completely leaving outside your head what it IS, I am damn sure you can see some beauty within it...
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Old 25 January 2003, 19:35   #8
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Any digital artwork is code but the tool that works as an interface between the creator and the artwork defines whether or not the product is art. In fact don't like the word "art", let's say it defines whether or not the resulting piece is "intended".

In a painting program, you control directly the result, how the piece looks like but fractals are indirect results of mathematical functions. I'm not speaking of craftsmanship, digital environment is the future but I'm speaking of the mindwork behind the resulting product.

I agree you on the poop actually. It has a smell like nothing else!
 
Old 02 February 2003, 19:57   #9
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Burseg, by that defenition, photographs can't be art...

I'd say that although anyone can execute the same programme on the same system and get the same result, the art lies in choosing from the infinite number of possible pictures the small sub-set that consitute 'good' pictures.... That takes a level of skill, interpretation and artistic appreciation that most people never develope, even though they can appreciate the results. It's definately art!
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Choosing a good picture within randomly generated ones is not actually producing it. Photography is not just grabbing visuals that is already around. Since photography troubled me for years in the uni. I can suggest that a photograph of an object has absolutely no relevance with the actual identity of the object therefore depending on one's control over the machine and the object as the tools, along with the materials in the dark room a photograph can be a product of mind or just another documentary image.

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Old 03 February 2003, 15:50   #11
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I agree with Burseg, really. The fact that you can chose a pretty fractal doesn't make you an artist (or mean you have a quality for arts/graphic expression), IMO.
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Never refered to them as an "artist" merely that they had artistic appreciation, and the ability to apply it to the choice of picture.

The reason I feel it counts as art, is that I've produced hundreds of fractals and not found any intrinsic reason why two very similar pictures could be differentiated as to their artistic merit. This shows that either; I don't have this ability, or, that I have not developed it. Since they do, and have, and, I feel it is this ability that allows people to create art, rather than just pictures; This indicates that the art is in the choice of picture, however that picture is acheived, wether through paint, photography, or computer.

One example is that their are hundreds of thousands of "snaps" (if not milllions) and almost without exception these have no artistic qualities of any kind, and yet it is possible to pull from these a very small number which have merit, and deserve a larger display - my dad has taken hundreds and has maybe 10 - 15 that are 'good'. So the choice of picture can be just as important as how it is produced.
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I don't care a little on how a pic is produced. When a discussion on craftsmanship arises hand laborers (classic painters) start blaming photographers and digital artists for not working with their "hands". That's not the point. Any media can be a tool to reach the destination. The point is, with fractals you don't mean to do what you aim therefore you can't be described as the creator.

A beautiful landscape isn't art yet it's beautiful and that's what a fractal might ever be. Art on the contrary, doesn't even have to be beautiful. If we directly link "beauity" with "art" we have the wrong formula.
 
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I'm definately not going to start to argue weather art=beauty or not, as that one hasn't been resolved in the last 2 thousand years! Personally I don't think its that important either way...

A professional photographer will frequently take 100+ pictures to get the one they want. They willl vary exposure, aperture etc. They will vary the developing solution, time in solution, print exposure, and that's before considering any filters. They do this because they cannot always get exactly what they aim for, and so have to scatter their approach to get the best result - although this may not even be the best possible result! This is not so very different from taking 100+ fractal images from around the same coordinates and choosing one as the best - although knowing the best point to start from is also an artistic value judgement.

The essential aspect of both proccesses is that the operator involved makes a choice based on their artistic ability and appreciation, thus producing art from chaos. The painter or sculptor also has this choice, but one stage earlier as they don't need to winnow through physical alternatives - they can do this mentaly with each step of the production, always making an artistic desision on how to procceed. None of this is altered if anyone can use the same tools as the artist and recreate the same image.

The art is in the choice.
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You have an empty 2000x3500 300dpi canvas. Now "choose" what to do.
 
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I think one of the main problems I have with fractals is that they mean pish all. yeah it's beautiful, but does it say something? Besides "I am made of MAD mathematics, foo", I don't think it says anything else.
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Consider what my teachers says:

"You can make a program to create all possible images with 256 colours, 320 x 240 pixel.

In those images created randomly, you will find art, your face, a rare photo in the top of Everest...
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Art made by "no one" can't have a reason to exist. Akira's point it is strong. No message is transmitted to the viewer since no human involved therefore there is nothing to appreciate. Again I can use my poop example here. You can't call it art. Why? Because it is ugly? No, because of the reasons I listed here.
 
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Art is everywhere, it just needs someone to say "Look, there it is!" the act of choosing creates it (although it may not be any good as 'art').

Art has no message other than it's own existance. Any percieved message is based on interpretation of the producer and/or the experiencer.

Oh, and "all possible images with 256 colours, 320 x 240" can't possibly be "created ramdomly" it is the mathmatical expresion of all possible values of the 76800 points in the picture - all 19660800 of them.
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