CH: What special challenge did you invite the artists to take, and what projects were you looking for?
CM: Playing with patterns is very easy but when you apply chaos to a regular loop, it breaks. It creates a rhythm and it makes the piece unique and interesting.
For this call I thought it would be important to have applications based on differents methods exploring chaos and patterns in as many ways as possible. So first of all I tried to separate all the participants into a list of disciplines, after that I chose the best one’s of each field. The decision was not easy, but I made it based on a combination of good ideas, technical skills, and previous works.
The four disciplines for this call are:
SOUND – music patterns from mathematical formulas (Jean-Michel Rolland)
VR – environment that creates and develops patterns based on what the viewer is looking at (Eric Parren)
MOVING IMAGE – large animated GIF, rendered using pixel patterns and digital moiré (Nicolas Sassoon)
PAINT – web based project that runs differently upon each execution based on themes of repetition, permutation, and stochasticism in painting, poetry, and electronic media. (Jeffrey Alan Scudder)
CH: One statement in your call claims »some patterns are so obvious they can’t be true. Others are so complex they can’t be true. – And some are just right. Or beautiful.« What is beauty for you in Net Art?
CM: People usually equate beauty with perfection, but perfection is boring and shallow. It works very well when you want to sell a product, but I don’t think it has anything to do with art.