Culture and Computing 2011, 20-22 Oct 2011, Kyoto University, Japan
Computer art for non-computer people
Abstract. It is common to introduce computer art to people with a background in computer science or art. However rising importance of computer based creativity demands methods of talking about computer art to people who have no professional experience in any of these fields. This paper describes and evaluates “Vanishing Point” computer art workshop designed both for children and adults with small or none computer user experience. The aim of the workshop was to present in a simple way possibilities of computer technology and advantages offered by open source software in artistic use. The workshop description and reflection are structured according to “Computer art for computer people – a syllabus” (1977) by Grace C. Hartlein. The “Vanishing Point” workshop description combined with this early paper about computer art dissemination allows for reflective point of view on computer based creativity in last thirty years and its practitioners according to their familiarity with computer art.