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"Notes from the Asylum" - Series

There's a (unfortunately out of print) 1997 Michael Apted documentary called "Inspirations". It intercuts between various artists working in a variety of mediums as they reveal their process through discussion and observation as they work.

There's a scene in the video where David Bowie explains a rudimentary piece of software he uses that takes newspaper headlines of the week and randomizes them. In the randomization, Bowie would look for patterns where new ideas would emerge.

"Notes from the Asylum" takes a page from that software (if that's a thing) and utilizes a randomizing shape generator designed for visual effects artist who specialize in motion graphics design. I'd run several iterations and then choose frames from each compositional randomness that got my attention. I'd then render those frames out and then bring them into art software that harnesses Artificial Intelligent algorithms that attempt to render painterly-like strokes that might actually occur in an artist's decision-making process.

So what's up with all of the computational "stuff"? I realized that Bowie wasn't lazy. He was trying to upset his own creative impulses. Impulses that, after you've been creating art for awhile, can fall into a rut. Using these randomizing strategies allowed me to explore new paths I'd not otherwise discover. Ideas that can only escape my "inner asylum" when given the side-door of randomness. The fact that they seemed to call back to the Geometric Abstraction movement starting in the late 1930's, early 1940's was a bonus.

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