2 Sep

CreateHere in Chattanooga is currently hosting an event called HelloWorld.show(); which features pieces by nine wonderfully talented artists, designers and programmers focusing on source code and art created by machine. Catharine, Carla and myself went today to check it out. Sadly, I forgot my camera so all photos in this post are courtesy of self-proclaimed Web Standards evangelist, Glenda “The Good Witch” Sims. Carla and I met her at the WERock Summit and she is one of my new favorite people. You can check out her blog here.

I know very, very little code. If the code that I knew were comparable to knowing Spanish, I’d be able to order dinner and ask where the bathroom is.

Despite my limited knowledge of the subject, I was still able to appreciate the craftsmanship and meaning behind the works. I was pleasantly surprised to see a piece by former classmate Matt Turnure. He had set up a lightbox with planes of glass featuring code at different proportions and angles with the foremost plane printed with a repetition of him in a karate-style pose (the very one he also implemented in the design of his site). He challenged the idea of flatness and blandness in CSS by representing it’s depth, layers and beautiful complexity with a touch of humor. Truly great.

Teach the Web - Leslie Jensen Inman

Leslie Jensen-Inman’s chalkboard piece was at once nearly overwhelming and almost heartwarming in a way. Her artist’s statement presented the piece as a representation of Web Education (a passion of hers) in a traditional analog way. For years the chalkboard has been the quintessential symbol of education, and it was a meaningful and interesting juxtaposition to fill one digital code, the erased “drafts” still visible as a representation of the ever-evolving nature of the web.

C.E.B. Reas

Artist C.E.B. Reas displayed this gorgeous piece demonstrating the interconnectedness and interdependence of code. Following the blue lines is like watching code work with itself as lines depend on and reference other lines. The work is complex and elegant, allowing even the CSS-illiterate viewer to witness the delicate interplay of programming language.

The Space Between the Lines - Dan Rubin

Sculptor Issac Duncan III teamed up with Dan Rubin – who we also had a lovely chat with at WERock – to create this projection on sculpture of code and the sites it creates. Really interesting visualization of CSS in action.

untitled - weston mcwhorter

I fell in love with these printed pieces by Weston McWhorter, whose hilariously minimalistic site features only a contact feature. He had several of these up, but the two that struck me the most were the one pictured here and another displayed by Matt Turnure’s piece that had vibrant uniform squares in a grid covering the whole canvas, reminiscent of pixels. These works were simply gorgeous.

I highly recommend seeing the show as soon as possible. As I said before, both the programming gurus and the CSS-illiterate can appreciate and enjoy each of the works.


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