PRINT March 2001

Art and Code

SAUL ANTON: I know an artist who hand-codes all his digital art. For him, this is the true level of art production in the computer/digital environment. Is he right?

LAWRENCE RINDER: As it happens, there are actually several artists in “BitStreams” who take a kind of perverse pride in knowing almost nothing about digital technology. I am open to this kind of approach in part because what I think is going on is an exploration, not of digital technology per se, but rather of the metaphors we have begun to construct around it. The usefulness of digital technology as a metaphor depends as much on our fantasies of what is digital as on what really is digital. But to answer your question, John Maeda and John F. Simon, Jr., are the two people I'm most familiar with who incorporate the writing of code as an integral part of their art practice. I believe that for Maeda this approach carries a certain

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