Week 2- Reading Reflection


I found Casey Reas’s talk on randomness and its role in computer programming and generative art to be incredibly captivating and thought-provoking. At first, I was hesitant about the length of the video, but as I started watching, time flew by, and I became deeply reflective of his ideas.

Reas begins by discussing the idea that artists bring order to the chaos of nature. While this statement initially puzzled me, I realized that it highlights the artist’s role in organizing and interpreting the world around them, rather than implying that nature is purely chaotic. It led me to think about how art connects with nature.

One of the key takeaways for me was the concept of “noise” or controlled randomness. Reas’s demonstration of adding noise to a set of lines converging on a target was illuminating. Without noise, the lines would form a perfect circle, but with it, each line took a unique and unpredictable path to reach the target. This demonstrated how randomness can introduce individuality and complexity into art, making it more compelling and engaging.

The personal reflection on the presentation resonated with me, particularly the idea that randomness adds an element of surprise and intrigue to art. It reminded me that not everything needs to be meticulously planned and that embracing controlled randomness can lead to more dynamic and captivating creative outcomes.The reflection also raised thought-provoking questions about the line between order and chaos in art. Where should the boundary be drawn, and how do individual perceptions influence this distinction? 

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