COMPUTER ARTISTS

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From: [email protected] (James Strong)
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Subject: COMPUTER ARTISTS
Summary: Online survey of the views of computer artists on some issues.
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Date: 16 Jun 92 00:08:37 GMT
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Dear fellow computer artists

Thank you for your interest in this posting.

Currently I am conducting a survey of the views of computer artists on a number
of issues relating to computer art as part of my studies in art and computing.

I am interested in receiving your views on the following questions and in
particular questions 1 & 2. Your online response to these and any other related
issues would be most appreciated.

1. Has the use of a computer enhanced or inhibited your creative processes?

IF IT HAS ENHANCED YOUR ART MAKING:

In what way is the computer conducive to `Art Making'? Is it the medium's
versatility or the productive power of the software? Does the medium enable you
to do what other mediums don't?

IF IT HAS INHIBITED YOUR ART MAKING

Is it the software`s tendency to impose certain characteristics on your work?
Could you suggest any improvements to current software to overcome this
tendency. In what other ways do you feel restricted?

2. What do you consider the computer's role to be in the creative process? Do
you, for example, consider it a tool, and that alone, or does it also stimulate
the creative process for you?

3. Some writers/artists are suggesting that the only way that computer art
will make a significant contribution to mainstream art will be by the unique
visual and manipulative qualities that are possible through this new medium.
Hard copycomputer art work hung on a wall really doesn't `break any new ice'. Do
you agree with this, and if so, what aspect of this medium do you see as most
promising?

4. There is very little computer art being purchased by public galleries. Do
you think this is because it is too early in the development of computer art to
expect any significant works of art in this new medium or do you think that,
like most new art movements and new media, computer art is ahead of its time and
thatwe cannot expect it to gain immediate and general acceptance?

5. Where do you think computer art is heading? Computers have had a major
influence on most other aspects of life and certainly in graphic `art' for
television and the film industry. Will it have a major impact in the `fine
arts'?

SOME PERSONAL DETAILS

6. Are you a practicing computer artist?

7. Could you give some brief details of the hardware and software systems you
use and an overview of your current computer art work?

Looking forward to receiving your response.


James Strong - South Australia ([email protected])
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