Expression as a Tool to Research the Creative potential of Software: Signs, Symbols, and Language as a Means of Expression



Year of publication 2019
Type Conference abstract
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Description Digital communication technologies represent communication apparatus within which today's techno-cultural society operates. Machines create images that are meant for other machines, the creative movement of software art had a couple of decades ago introduced and uncovered the aesthetic and performative qualities of its programming code. The objective of the paper is to interpret the context that will help to understand the process of artistic work using software as a way to comprehend the contemporary culture. It aims to look at the categories of perception and interpretation of software art through the category of expression as a way to recognize the world, and as a means for evaluating conceptual contents in a creative way. Furthermore, it argues that the semiotics theory is in a deep relationship with the modes of expression. Humans have invented a multitude of using the language as a means of communication. Artists-programmers use the computer language to program their artworks but have to engage with human readable language that supports the expression through the programming creativity. Software art is understood as a creative practice that works with programmable media, thus it uses software code as the material for the manifestation of its own aesthetics. Therefore, in order to understand software art, we need to be familiar with its language as a tool for creation and ways in which it is expressed and identified. The evaluation criteria for learning about this type of creation thus imply to be seen through a cross-disciplinary framework (semiotics, theory of expression, computer science, arts).
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