Adventure of a Simple Circle (in the Jungle of My Mind)

Evangelina Sousa
Proceedings of Bridges 2011: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2011)
Pages 573–576 Short Papers


Although the use of computers and graphic software is no longer contested as a valid tool in the creative process of art making, the use of code can still be seen as obstructive of creativity, considered to be the ultimate expression of subjectivity and intuition. This paper is an attempt to demonstrate that code writing is an option for art making, as pliant and expressive as paint and brush. The creative steps, aesthetic choices and experimental processes involved in the development of a piece of code art will be discussed, taking into account that the final product is intended to be a work of visual expression in its own right, representative of the author’s aesthetic vision even if in a simplified way. The code delivers a simple geometric pattern, obtained through the progressive modification of the 2D coordinates of each of the points that makes up a circle, creating organic forms that populates the space in a simultaneously ordered and chaotic way. Since the connection with natural environments and the colors of nature play an important role on the author’s personal visual language, the improbable connections between natural landscape's light and color and the geometric pattern delivered by this code will be analyzed.