I’ve discovered something called “processing“, and basically it’s some sort of programming language that spits out your inputs into graphics. I’ve always been interested in this medium of art, since I found out about an MIT professor called John Maeda.
For reasons that I can’t clearly articulate right now, I’ve always been enamoured by this man-machine hybrid toward graphic design. I’m neither a designer, nor a programmer. And I already express myself fairly creatively through writing and music. Why then, the interest to pick up a new skill set? Perhaps it’s because I’ve always found some sort of visual aesthetic missing from my repertoire. I think it’s a 21st century condition, that we’re constantly seeking mixed-media experiences. Well, I know I am, because of such a varied spectrum of media that I consume, it only makes sense that in the comprehension and synthesis stages of learning, I try to express myself across the disciplines of text, audio, visual, data.
I know I’ll probably never be an expert in any, but I’d like to try. It could mean that I will be less devoted to certain things, but I think at my age, when we’re so told to start building our foundations to be an expert in something, we also should not lose the wide-eyed wonderment toward the beauty (and harshness) of this world’s reality. So I may only have the skill of a chicken scratching on walls, but hey.. it’d be nice to have a wide palette of colours, and perhaps different claws to scratch with.
I just thought you’d like to know if you’re still reading this.