The Art of Random and Imperfection by jamesgeorge | Jun 11, 2010 | Articles | 5 comments No related posts. 5 Comments oub on June 11, 2010 at 1:24 pm I once read about the making of the film “True Lies” and how after creating the effect of the Harrier jet hovering outside the window of the skyscraper, there was something missing and no one could figure out what it was. Finally one ‘creative’ came forward with the idea that it was too perfect. Too clean, too sharp and too immaculate. He said if a Harrier jet were really hovering out there it would be throwing up some dirt. So after adding in some digital dirt and heat waves and other imperfections, the scene looked a hundred percent more realistic. Lenny Lipton, an author on the art of filmmaking once claimed that he liked the grainy effect that came from high ISO film because it mirrored the actual degeneration of sight that we all experience as we get older. Reply oub on June 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm Personally I like to see the degradation of things when that degradation is beautiful. Someone must’ve recovered an old photo from a fire and noticed that the burnt photo emulsion looked cool, because it became a convention in the visual creative industry to emulate burnt edges. Some corrosion of metals have been amongst the most visually stunning sights I’ve ever seen. I noticed today that many of the grunge backgrounds of modern graphics also include very Baroque, or other austere or traditional forms of design mixed in with them. Very cool. It’s like the graphic equivalent of a time-machine. Reply Bill Planey on June 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm Symmetry is boring. What world cities captivate us? Paris, St. Petersburg, Boston, San Francisco, New York… they are wonderfully asymmetrical in their conformity to prominent bodies of water. Even where there is a grid imposed, it is violated. Think of Broadway in New York cutting angular across the parallel east-west streets or the arondisement pinwheel district pattern of Paris. Human faces are not symmetrical – we don’t think it can be real if a face image is produced by reflecting one side over, mirror image. We love line quality in Rembrandt etchings, how it varies. It seems real. It seems man made, and is man made. Other artists come to mind whose line quality is memorable: Rouault, Miro, Klee, Picaso, Matisse, Kandinsky, Durer, Cy Twombly… Who can possibly be moved by Fernand Leger or any of the myriad artists captivated by industrialism and clean, precise rendition during the early 20th century? Perhaps the science behind it all is simple avoidance of estrangement. The cool and precise estranges us, alienates us from the chance of warmth or compassion. Reply flower tattoo designs on June 13, 2010 at 3:49 am Good work ! Keep us posting, you are very good writer. Reply Jim on July 20, 2010 at 9:07 pm With respect to algorithmic art, the random function is critical to the introduction of disorder and uniqueness. Without the random element, a given function would produce the exact same results every time. Of course, introduce too much randomness and you’ll wind up with little more than noise. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.