The artful amount of algebraic cipher lies in the deconstruction and about-face of accent structures. It’s what abounding post-conceptual artists do in their work.
Not convinced? Pop the awning of your admired website and boring aloft the majestic and awful cipher crunching beneath.
Let me run a quick test.It’s #000000 or #ffffff never #808080.See what I did there? I replaced words with HTML code.(If you get it, acquaint me in the comments)
People who cipher accept a agnate DNA to builders, architects, and chemists. They actualize abounding admirable things that accept amazing appulse on the lives of millions of people. They actualize things that abide in our memories forever, as is the case with “physical” artworks.
Among coders, a appropriate subset exists; web designers. I apperceive a lot about them because I acclimated to be one.
Let me booty you aback to area it all began.
I lived and formed in Tokyo at the acme of the backward 90s Tech Bubble.
Netscape was around. Amazon.com had afresh launched. Google and YouTube did not abide yet. The amusing web was not alike a bleep on the radar. We had clamshell cast phones, but no apps.
It was the Internet start-up era.
IT articles and casework were prototyped and scaled up to accommodated a fast-growing bazaar need. To accept bark in the game, you bare to be a visionary, a designer, a coder and an administrator all formed into one.
Fresh out of architecture school, I begin my alcove with Japan’s Dot-com crowd.
An internship led to a paid gig developing websites and clear user interfaces for baddest accumulated audience including Rakuten Ichiba, now the better e-Commerce armpit in Japan.
With Web 1.0 (pre-social media, blogs, and media administration sites), there were no textbooks, no courses. We were coding cowboys. We downloaded open-source kits from W3C and fabricated up rules as we went along.
Remember the browser wars?
There was a barbarous action for ascendancy by web browsers in the backward 1990s. Everything was in flux. We were architecture websites on quicksand — the abandoned connected changed.
I was a new alum and abandoned in a adopted country. When the startups captivated their accoutrements about me, it acquainted as admitting I’d stumbled through a abstruse aperture into a abode area I belonged.
Within a year, I had morphed into a adeptness web designer.
Usability, bandwidth, interactivity, forms, CGI, images, links, pixels, vectors, pop-ups, widgets, webcasts, metadata, angle and clicks — this was my world, my aspect as a adolescent artist at ample in Tokyo.
I was a change aback then — a “gaijin” (foreign) designer. I had a altered aesthetic. My designs acclimated added white amplitude compared to Japanese sites that advantaged added of a apparatus look.
Below is a website I created for the 1997 Praemium Imperiale Awards. It has interactivity with rollover ons and 2-tier aeronautics system. The architecture is over 20 years old, but I anticipate it rocks alike by today’s standards.
Of advance I may be biased 🙂
With categorical timing, I exited afore the collapse of the Tech balloon in 2000. While my career spun off in a altered direction, the freewheeling and analytic spirit of coding is axial to who I am today.
Learning to cipher accomplished me how to think.
As a adolescent designer, coding enabled me to administer my abilities in a activating and agitative way that additionally paid my rent. It was a win-win outcome!
Code serves a applied purpose (we charge code) and its possibilities are endless. What cipher produces ability be antic and whimsical, but the syntax itself is practical, analytic and rational.
Learning to cipher is a lot like acquirements a adopted language. You charge a purpose or, ideally, a botheration to solve.
HTML was my third language, afterwards English and Japanese, and so it came adequately allegedly to me. See the agglomeration of tags below? This is simple Hypertext Markup Accent (HTML) code.
HTML describes the anatomy of a web folio application tags. Your browser reads these tags and displays the agreeable for you to apprehend as follows:
These types of programming languages are chargeless to accessible source. Dot-com was the aurora of a new ICT age and the clip of change has not slowed since.
Creative announcement has existed through changeless media such as canvas and acrylic for best of animal history. With digitalization, art has been freed from concrete constraints, enabling it to advance interactively.
The new Mori Agenda Art Museum in Tokyo showcases how agenda technology releases announcement from actuality and creates an actuality with the achievability for transformation — Click the anchored video beneath to apprentice more.
Code is the living, assault affection of abounding artistic industries — a authorization ability for connectedness in a adventurous new world. Given the adamant advance of robotics, apparatus acquirements and AI, cipher is destined to abide as a admirable and anatomic absurdity in our lives.
Till aing time,
Key references: Wikipedia (HTML, W3C), Apple Wide Web Consortium (www.w3.org), The Evolution of the Web (www.evolutionoftheweb.com), What is a Startup? The Historical Accomplishments (www.growly.io), Computer Codes Art: A New Anatomy of Creativity (L. Pereira)