First sketch was created by accident, when I once looked at the code editor sideways1. The digital grid has become strange, programmer's curly braces have become miniature birds. The digital cloud has somehow become clearer.
In addition to the æsthetics of images, I believe that we also need the æsthetics of systems, new ways of feeling and sensing systems, structures and feedback loops within which we live – from software systems to climate, financial, and microbiological ones. Developing a sensitivity towards systems begins with the skill of changing perspectives. We can also call it the art of parallax.
I created the illustration at the invitation of Maja Ćirić2, independent curator and art critic, as an accompanying visual of the Competition for the traditional Autumn Exhibition3 of the Association of Fine Artists of Serbia (ULUS), which will be held at the end of the year in the Cvijeta Zuzorić Art Pavilion in Belgrade.
The illustration was drawn in the given colors of the exhibition. The image is being generated over and over again, in infinite variations, with the help of p5.js4 technology. The code is open and free. You are welcome to use it5. (Probably the most useful part of the code are functions for generating random numbers in asymmetric normal distributions, which control the shape and size of curly flocks.)
I have a few ideas for the future of Nanoseagulls, but we'll talk about that later. For now, let it stay here as a digital exercise in style6, as a sketch or a drawing similar to the ones I assign to students and workshop participants as part of my educational practice. ■