Archive for July, 2010

Performing graphics: Fine art or applied art?

Posted in culture & media design, performing graphics, tools on July 8, 2010 by visualraccoon

Don’t answer that question! (on advice of visual counsel)

There are certain distinctions dangerous to make. And certain questions that only solidify those dubious distinctions.

If you know that someone is using a computer to spontaneously generate images for a live audience, what exactly do you know?

Is there text?
Is there graphics?
Is there music?
Are there bar charts?

Is it for fun?
Is it for profit?
Could it be for both?

Will the material be on the final exam?

Are you enthralled or bored out of your skull?

It’s time to stop drawing permanent lines of demarcation for no purpose. They will only bite you in the butt later on.

As the raccoon once told an audience in Japan, “beware of Westerners bearing distinctions”.

Text vs Graphic
General vs Special
Group vs Individual
Beginner vs Expert
Social vs Technological

and now

Fine Art versus Applied Art

The sooner we stop trying to make these distinctions — trying to make them once and for all, permanently, applicable in every situation — and instead see them as contextual decisions of local practicality, then the sooner we can enjoy the cross-fertilization of dancing over boundaries.

Wouldn’t you like to be one of the folks boogying in the back because you were so moved by the content and the spirit of the live imagery?

The group’s ideas at the Tuesday afternoon meeting never looked so good.

For a good overview of the very fine applied art of performing graphics in service of group communication, see Lynn Kearny’s site.

And for a complete trampling under dancing feet of the dubious and dangerous fine/applied distinction, see the last chapter of Live Graphics Nightly.

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