• 4. November - 2. December 2021
• Five-weeks, Thursday, 7-9PM CET • Small class of participants
Pricing (For tickets click here)
Artist / Student (Full Time)
Generous Supporter Ticket
*plus fees (VAT EU ONLY)
How can complex systems be created from simple rules? What unexpected emergent behaviour comes about when multiple rules overlap and interact with each other? In this class we take a hands-on approach to answering these questions, through creating generative art with code, under a simple constraint: our programs will be limited to drawing using only points and lines.
Working within such a strict economy of means in the context of today’s technological pursuits of computer generated photo-realism becomes a subversive act, as it leads to questioning how much is actually needed in order to convey meaning. At the same time, it helps us demystify the inner workings of the various graphical interfaces we use daily. This limited set of building blocks will also allow for our focus to quickly shift from learning how to use the tools at hand towards developing our visual and systems thinking.
The course meets once a week for five weeks, and each session will be split up between introducing new technical topics, engaging with the history of generative art, sharing work and discussing short readings. Outside of class, we are following a daily practice schedule: for the duration of the course, students are encouraged to spend 30-60 minutes daily working towards one finished sketch, with the tools and knowledge available thus far. By the end of our time together, everyone will have created a collection of about 30 visual (or not) pieces. The class focuses exclusively on developing still, poster-like compositions, but students are encouraged to explore motion in their daily sketches as well, if they desire to.
Week 1: Encounters
Week 2: Unpredictable Outcomes
Randomness is one of the most effective ways to create seemingly organic outcomes from well defined sets of rules. During this class, we will add a few different types of randomness (noise functions) to our toolkits, understand how we can use them in order to enhance our line drawing skills, and learn about random walks. We will also take time to share our progress and thoughts on the previous week of daily sketching.
Week 3: Noisy Textures
Our constraint of only drawing using points and lines raises an interesting challenge – we lack a direct way of giving shapes a color fill. During this class, we will investigate various applications of a technique called interpolation, and use it towards creating fills and textures out of linework. We will also hold space for a mid-point review of our daily practice.
Week 4: Trees, Maps and Fields
During the first three classes our focus has been mostly on drawing techniques at the line level. During this week’s class, we will take a step back and think about larger scale systems, which can act as containers for everything else we’ve explored. We will engage with recursion, fractals, L-systems – often used for creating generative trees or maps – and vector fields.
Week 5: Celebrations
During the last class we celebrate – the end of your daily practice (for now!,) your resilience and our community. We will do a deep-dive into everyone’s process and outcomes, brainstorm ways of sharing the work we’ve done together as a class, and take a brief look at a few techniques which could serve as future exploration.
This course is designed to be a nourishing environment for creative exploration through code, regardless of predefined ideas of technical or artistic ability. Anyone with an interest in systems (visual and beyond), abstract art or the poetics of code is encouraged to enroll. Some programming experience could prove helpful, but the class structure is meant to accommodate all different levels of expertise. The class is also for anyone interested in trying a month-long daily practice exercise, with the support of an inclusive, warm and friendly community!
The only requirement is the ability to commit 30-60 minutes daily to creating a new sketch, for the duration of the class. This translates into a weekly commitment of about 3.5-6 hours outside of class – hopefully a good way to start or end the day, and to build the habit of carving out time for creative work in your daily schedule.
Classes are 'live' meaning that you can directly interact with the instructor as well as with the other participants from around the world. Classes will also be recorded for playback in case you are unable to attend for any reason. For specific questions, please email us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
For tax purposes, we need to include the 19% VAT on top of ticket price for people living within the EU. IF YOU LIVE IN THE EU AND HAVE A VAT NUMBER— IT IS VAT ZERO! WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO HAVE AND PROVIDE THIS VAT TAX NUMBER. In order to utilise this feature at checkout, under Registration Type & Tax Receipt Information, select Business (which as a freelancer you technically are), then enter in your USt.ID. If you have any questions, feel free to email us.
We realise we're living in uncertain times. During this time, we are offering a limited number of pay-what-you-can solidarity tickets for this online class. These are reserved for women, POC, and LGBTQ+ who would otherwise be unable to attend. We are a small organisation with no outside funding and like many, we are also in survival mode and we ask you to consider this when making your donation. For more information, see the FAQ page here. We kindly ask that all pay-what-you-can students register through Eventbrite. Due to reduced staffing, we’re unable to handle specific payment requests for these registrations.