Welcome to the new Tech+Art Podcast!
Join us on this adventure as we meet & speak with: artists, makers, researchers, designers and creators from all background and fields.
Our objective is to understand their creative perspective, dive into their workflow & creative process, be inspired by new ideas and their work – and stay one step ahead of cutting-edge industry developments.
In this episode, we’re chatting with Espen Kluge, Espen Kluge is a film composer, visual artist & coder. His generative art series “Alternatives”, was featured in a gallery opening with Kate Voss in Switzerland.
Recording this episode with Espen was fantastic and provided a unique insight into the creative mind and and important conversation around mental health and creativity.
[ 13:40 ] – In 2013 I did an everyday project […] and I tried to do it as a way of being creative, but not taking too much time. So I tried to make it very quick. But it escalated into this thing, where the first 30 I did in an hour, but the next 10 I spent two or three hours per week.
[ 14:31 ] – In January, I wanted to use this script that I’d created ages ago to instead of just being a logo in HTML 5 canvas thing on my website – maybe I could expand on it and make it into some sort of portraiture, generative art type of thing. […] And I thought this script was capable of some pretty cool things and I had some ideas on how to expand on it.
[ 15:21] – From Number 1 to Number 100, it was a real adventure I’d say. Just trying to figure out the aesthetical preferences that I might have and just going into different avenues and challenging myself in terms of… well I got some feedback […] and so I tried to sort of explore those contrasts and add a little bit to the script to make more variation.
[16:19 ] – You’re touching on something that’s got to do with the generative concept – right? Because you’re not the only person making this art. The computer is sort of a partner, or it’s a curator or something like that. So part of the process that I’m using in this project is that I make maybe 20 different versions of each portrait and I have these random elements and I have custom elements that are different for each of the versions and I just generate them and have a look at each one of them. So it’s sort of like a line-up and I get to choose which one that I like. That’s a really cool process, because I’m not calculating that much […] I get to be an audience. I get to go into a gallery that I’ve created together with someone and I get to critique it.
[ 17:07 ] – The most successful ones, in terms of which ones I like the best, are just total coincidences. The coolness of that piece is not generated by me. It’s just a script that did something random that really turned out cool looking. […] I really like to work together with the computer because it’s random.
[ 18:14 ] – That’s what you can do with generative art as well. You can work together with the generative part of the visual art in a way that you get to be creative all the time by having the computer sort of present you some sort of magical variable that you might not have come up with yourself.