Dreamlines, a web art generator by Leonardo Solaas.
Leonardo Solaas is a programmer. His focus point is on using Java as a platform, the web browser as an interface, and, data processing routines as, in effect, painter’s brushes. However my weak attempt at description defers to the artist’s own words,
“The thing is, now I spend most of my day in front of my loyal laptop, working as freelance developer & interface designer for the most interesting clients I manage to find, and going about my own experiments and ideas when I can get to that.
This site intends to be a hub for several kinds of traces left behind by my so-called ‘artistic’ practice, plus related pursuits. I’m not sure what all this ‘new media art’ thing is all about, but for me is a convenient playground where I can mash up all sorts of interests with relative freedom.”
This excerpt, from his short first person bio is tagged accordingly:
autnomous agents-blog-castellano-data visualization-design-digital image-drupal-experiment-flash-generative-hand -made-internet-me on myself-multiplicity-particle system-physical-processing-social-teaching-text-theory-workshop>
(Inspires me to think about what tags I’d apply to me.) Anyway…these tags cover a lot of ground.
Being fascinated with how computing power and user interaction can be used to create stuff, I fell right into Leonardo’s Dreamlines.
Like it is with other generators, the role I play is that of an Initiator. And, as it also is with the best of those generators, the Initiator also has to be a ‘chef of time;’ (inasmuch as I’ve learned to be patient and wait for resonant results.) What initiator/time chef waits for are rewarding moments in the stream of serendipitous visual mixing. The process is for me akin to music-making, yet the process isn’t anywhere as demanding.
I’ve noted over at Explorations blog,
Mechanical Kitsch, or New Frontier? further brief reflections about several of the issues raised by the ‘generator medium.’
Here’s several captures from mixes I initiated.
Title: Found It
Then, it occurred to me I could try an experiment. My hypothesis was simple: if I captured the visual mix as it unfolded, how well might it coincide with some of my music? The main thing though was that I wasn’t going do anything but slap the two pieces together, so the experiment was seeking to hit rather than miss. This is different than editing music to expressly fit the visual.
I’ve posted the result over at noguts noglory studios. 21 minutes of abstract flow. (You can always turn down the audio!)
When I transferred the result using iMovie to a DVD and played it on the big HD screen, I was amazed at how good it looked.
There’s a sort of “future creativity” lurking in the seams of generativity, person-code, shallow manipulation, and, the immensity of the raw data archive.