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The Algorithmic Circus

TieraZon, uscomic.8bf, XnView text - all three-rings

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I've got a new filter!

From Terry Gibbons' The Visual Index of Science Fiction Cover Art

I don't know exactly how it works, but where there's math... there's fractals! Sure, the math folks will argue with me, but like all great minds, I don't expect to be understood in this lifetime (or solar system).

How does it work? Start with some colors and some shapes, move the two sliders around and then push the "shocko-wocko" button, labelled, "OK". Actually, there's more to it than that. Like all artistic activity it requires a good eye and knowing just when to click.

Behold, Alien Gunsmoke!

Yes. It's a lot like the old western gunfight dueling with six-guns. But just as the people of the future will have to use the western gunslinging skills of the past to deal with aliens on other planets, I too will have to use the ancient, tried and true techniques of the old masters as I polish the artform of clickism in this (can you believe it?) 21st century.

Parameter files?…

Ashes to Ashes, Pulp to Pulp

From Frank Wu's collection of Frank R. Paul's Golden Age Sci-Fi Pulp covers

"The sages of Calisto were super-intelligent and had become so far advanced in the Sciences that there was nothing more for them to achieve. They had then moved on to the Arts. Rega, the sociable one who had helped me repair my ship, was eager to show me their art gallery. 'Art, when it reaches perfection,' Rega said, 'is nothing more than a stunning cloud of golden dust, suggesting both the entire universe and a sub-atomic flash in the same image'. I laughed out loud when I first saw it. But now that I've been eating their secret scientific food for three months, I've come to agree with them completely."
-- (excerpted from A Student on Calisto, 1953)

Sliced up about 10 times in XnView's slicer filter (no post-processing)

"Imagine my surprise when I arrived on the spacemen's home planet only to discover I was a celebrity in their eyes and treated like so…

Painting With Power!

"Great art picks up where nature ends." - Marc Chagall.8bf

"One small step for a fractal artist; one giant leap for Fractal Art" -Neil Armstrong.8bf

"The aim of photoshop filters is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." - Aristotle.8bf

"What the mass media offers is not fractal art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish." - W. H. Auden.8bf

"You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough" -William Blake.8bf

"A new gadget that lasts only five minutes is worth more than an immortal work that bores everyone" -Francis Picabia.8bf

"I am become Clickism, the destroyer of worlds" -Robert Oppenheimer.8bf

"The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without photoshop filters" -Emile Zola.8bf

"Good taste is as tiring as good company" -Francis Picabia

"If we could…

Art Without an Audience

Fyre 1.0.1 embedded parameter file

When Orbit Trap was started, back in August of 2006, it had always been foremost in my mind that it would be a positive contribution to the fractal art world.

What does that mean?

To me it means that it would encourage the creation of exciting new artwork. "Exciting"? Exciting doesn't need to be defined; we know what excitement is when it happens.

Some of the criticism that Orbit Trap has received, and that I have personally received, has lead me to think that many people in the fractal world misunderstand the function of criticism that Orbit Trap is performing.

I believe it all comes down to the role that criticism, and critics in particular, play in the world of art. Serious, meaningful, and sustained criticism is something that has been oddly lacking in the fractal art world. Perhaps because fractal art is still a relatively new art form? Or perhaps because criticism in the fractal world has often been met with harassment and punishi…

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Looking for Arrowheads

Made with Fyre 1.0.1. Embedded parameter file. Click, click, click, done.

I read once
about kids who would go looking
for arrowheads

I was a kid
so I went looking for arrowheads

The arrowheads
are in the ground
or just below the surface

The shaft of the arrow
is gone
and the feathers too
the guy who shot the arrow
is gone
but the stone, flint arrowhead
lives on

Flint is a stone
It doesn't know
it's an arrowhead

So it waits
the way a stone waits
stays sharp
stays covered

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