Visuality and the haptic qualities of the line in generative art

Fry, C. 2019. Visuality and the haptic qualities of the line in generative art. 22nd Generative Art Conference. Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia, Rome, Italy 19 - 21 Dec 2019 Domus Argenia Publisher.

TitleVisuality and the haptic qualities of the line in generative art
AuthorsFry, C.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

The line has an important and particular relationship with the generative artwork distinct from other elements such as the ‘pixel’, ‘voxel’ or the ‘points’ that make up point clouds. The line has a dual nature as both continuous and discrete which makes it perhaps uniquely placed to straddle the analog and digital worlds. It has a haptic or felt quality as well as an inherent ambiguity that promotes a relatively active interpretive role for the audience.

There is an extensive history of the line in generative systems and artworks, taking both analog and digital forms. That it continues to play an important role, alongside other more photographically inspired ‘perceptual schemas’, may be a testament to its enduring usefulness and unique character.

This paper considers the particular affordances and the ‘visuality’ of the line in relation to generative artworks. This includes asking how we might account for the felt quality of lines and the socially and culturally constructed aspects that shape our relationship with them. It asks whether, in what has been described as a ‘post digital’ or even ‘post post digital’ world, the line may offer a way to re-emphasise a more human scale and a materiality that can push back, gently, against other more dominant perceptual schemas. It also asks what generative art can learn from drawing theory, many of the concerns of which parallel and intersect with those of generative art.

KeywordsLines
Visuality
Drawing
Generative Art
Year2019
Conference22nd Generative Art Conference
PublisherDomus Argenia Publisher
Accepted author manuscript
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Publication dates
Published30 Nov 2019
Journal citationpp. 73-82
Book titleXXII Generative Art 2019: proceedings of the XXII conference
Book editorSoddu, C.
Colabella, E.
ISBN9788896610398
Web address (URL) of conference proceedingshttps://www.generativeart.com/GA2019_web/GA2019_ebookpdfX3.pdf
Web address (URL)https://www.generativeart.com/GA2019_web/10_C_Fry_2_168x240.pdf

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