1W7-6 Interactivity- The Meeting of Science and Art

25 10 2007

“It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.”

Jackson Pollock



I found the site of Jackson Pollock, and on it was an interactive game, where you can basically be him, albeit without the years of mastery and planning. The result was beautiful. A true example of the merging of science and art. I am wondering though, how did they choose the color of paint as one clicks the mouse? How did the programmer choose which color was to go next? Was it through studying his work or is it random? I disagree that his work was random, colors were not chosen by chance. And in this sense, I wished for more control as a user…I wanted to choose the color of the pain. I wanted texture.

But its strengths lay on how the paint falls. When on begins playing, it is as though a can of paint is poured unto a page…and one struggles to control it. Mine is a very good example of the unpracticed hand (pictured above). I have read that he practiced endlessly to achieve the strokes he made. And in a way, this is how the work succeeds. It’s in the subtle details. You see what went into his work, by momentarily mimicking him.

But there is also something quite powerful about figuring out the game. There is a mystery to it. The fact that it has no rules or instructions makes it so compelling, addicting and fascinating. It is so simple, and yet, you can almost put yourself in his shoes. Discovering this technique of merging science and art through interactivity opens up new realms of understanding another person’s work. Even those that do not understand his work, may begin to get interested through the process of it. The utter freedom one feels (which again, in my opinion is what he was also trying to say with these paintings).

The last element that makes it so engaging is its simplicity. These are things I have to remember if I choose to include interactivity into our work. As well as to remember one of the things Pollock said:

“The method of painting is the natural growth out of a need. I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them.”




One response

21 11 2007

thanks for the GREAT post! Very useful…

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