Crows: Still Images

Still Images

Still images are the critical centre of the crow studio. Their production and collection, the variation of media and presentation, the combination and recombination of multiple images as single, still, images.

The importance of the animation is that it is the process that drives the production of the `still’ crow images. Animation also limits image content choice to the initial phase. After the initial phase the entire focus can be on the qualities of line, tone, colour and image.

The still images are a mixture of digital prints and photo montage produced from ink wash drawings, code mediated gestural line, and digitally manipulated photographs.

Still images are powerful because, unlike an animated image, it puts the viewer in control of the duration and intensity of attention given to each image. It allows the viewer and the artist to re-evaluate each image as they revisit the work and find within it things of which they may not have been consciously aware.

You make each image stand out individually and make it special by that quality of selection allowing you to rework and emphasise elements that work for you.

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Crows: Processing Animation

Processing Animation

Using the Processing.org  code line (code mediated gestural line) moved the images further away from the quality of verisimilitude often desired in a drawing.  Verisimilitude is the degree to which an image looks like an object in the sense of the accuracy of the visual representation.

In terms of animation I was looking at how during the process of animation our brains move the images back into the impression of visual accuracy – the bird is flying.  In seeing the multiple frames I see hints of Plato’s shadows, searching for the perfect artefact of a crow among the many representations of the crow.

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Computer Mediated Gestural Line – Crow Line.

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While hoping that in the process of repetition aspects of the “Ideal” crow are revealed; a Chinese whisper of distorting shadows going elsewhere needs to be borne in mind.

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Computer Mediated Gestural Line – Etch Line.

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Taken from Wikipaedia:

According to Socrates, physical objects and physical events are “shadows” of their ideal or perfect forms, and exist only to the extent that they instantiate the perfect versions of themselves. Just as shadows are temporary, inconsequential epiphenomena produced by physical objects, physical objects are themselves fleeting phenomena caused by more substantial causes, the ideals of which they are mere instances. For example, Socrates thinks that perfect justice exists (although it is not clear where) and his own trial would be a cheap copy of it.

The allegory of the cave (often said by scholars to represent Plato’s own epistemology and metaphysics) is intimately connected to his political ideology (often said to also be Plato’s own), that only people who have climbed out of the cave and cast their eyes on a vision of goodness are fit to rule. Socrates claims that the enlightened men of society must be forced from their divine contemplations and be compelled to run the city according to their lofty insights. Thus is born the idea of the “philosopher-king”, the wise person who accepts the power thrust upon him by the people who are wise enough to choose a good master. This is the main thesis of Socrates in the Republic, that the most wisdom the masses can muster is the wise choice of a ruler.

Crows: Processing Code

Using Processing Code to Develop Types of Line

The nature of art has always been influenced by the tools we have available to make marks. While studying an on-line Creative Coding Course via Future Learn (www.futurelearn.com) I was introduced to Processing.org and P5.js.  This is a software sketchbook, a programming language interface designed for creative practitioners, who want their primary focus to be the visual product, whilst providing the opportunity to explore the code and it’s potential. The code I used for the crow drawings started with a small demonstration piece that was provided as part of the course.

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Drawing done using initial code provided on Future Learn course

I made a number of adjustments to the Code to manipulate the form and quality of the line.  Continue reading