The paths that lead me to this point in my life are complex, intertwined and humorously entertaining (at the very least, to myself). As time proceeds, a theme emerges. I find myself in a wonderful and endless pursuit in search of beautiful color palettes; I am fascinated with the fluid motion of emergent behaviors; I tirelessly try to find the expressiveness of a brush stroke that emulates an ongoing painting in my mind; I try to enable my art to explore whatever substrate or medium it desires; and when they don’t exist, I develop my own creative applications that turn these concepts into reality.
But more importantly, it is the need to find an approach that enables me to sustain my creative and experimental time, while not sacrificing the well-being of my 13 year old daughter, myself and the incredible relationship I have with my girlfriend.
Those are the conditions, albeit simplified, that define the course I am on… and which have lead me to a hybrid approach when it comes to developing applications to generate my artwork. My objective is to combine any user interface that captures the right amount of expressiveness (mouse, pen & tablet, motion-detection, audio analysis, WiiMotes via WiiFlash, etc.) with my own applications and plug-ins (via Flex Builder, Adobe AIR, Adobe SwitchBoard and PatchPanel) and – here’s the hybrid part – leverage any new and innovated features that I can create and/or borrow (like PV3d, Wow-engine, Keith Peters great Steering Behaviors included in his wonderful book AdvancED ActionScript 3.0 Animation, etc.) with existing features and functionality from any creative application that seems applicable. Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Maya, Painter, Processing, vvvv, blender, openFrameworks.
How does this all relate? The hybrid approach to development – creating my own applications/plug-ins and integrating this with existing applications – continues to bring interesting opportunities. To my surprise, I will be joining Golan Levin, Zachary Lieberman, Theodore Watson & Arturo Castro (openFrameworks), Ben Fry, Casey Reas, Ira Greenberg & Daniel Shiffman (Processing), Evenly Eastmond & John Maloney (Scratch), Dr. Wanda Dann & Don Slater (Alice), Tom McMail & DeVaris Brown (Silverlight), Luke DuBois (Max/MSP/Jitter), Sebastian Oschatz (vvvv) and Why (Hackety Hack) as a presenter at Art and Code in Pittsburgh on March 7-9. In addition, I will lead – possibly the only workshops I will do this year – on Hijacking Photoshop and Illustrator from Flex and a “Hello World” Getting Started with ExtendScript Workshop. At Adobe MAX: San Francisco, the 3 workshops I did sold out, so sign up fast if you’re into it. I hope to see you there!
Additional conferences that I will presenting at this year include:
Early bird pricing ends February 18, 2009.
April 27-30 – I actually won’t be able to make it this year… but hopefully next year!
Flash on Tap: Boston
May 28-30th, 2009
FlashBelt, Minneapolis, MN
June 7-10, 2009
Flash on the Beach, Brighton, UK
September 21-23rd, 2009