Perhaps you remember the early computer-aided drawing program in Logo, where you had a little turtle and told him to move and as he did, he would create your drawing. And of course, ultimately you would end up making him run around on crack making diagonal lines everywhere. Kim Asendorf is the turtle all grown up, and he makes use of automation and computer glitches among dozens of other methods to create some really cool art, where you can’t tell if an aerial photo is a random data string spitting out an image that he is telling you to think is an aerial photo or if it is really an aerial photo from a digital file that he corrupted. Because I was having a hard time putting it into words and still do, let his own words (via email) and images tell the story properly.
Kim Asendorf: Basically I try to find my inspiration in any kind of abstraction. I look for behaviors, systems or characteristics. That’s probably the reason why I like data visualization, too. I love statistics and I love to play with them, re-organize them and then be surprised by the results. But of course i get also inspired by other artists, mainly graphics, Anton Stankowski, Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich, Theo van Doesburg, Ilya Bolotowsky or Josef Albers to count just a few. I am completely into geometric abstraction.
I guess my first experiment with generative graphics was “rect” (http://kaubonschen.com/rect/). It was a drawing tool with some animation features. In the process I discovered that generative strategies came much closer to my ideas than any manual means.
Check out Kim Asendorf on Twitter where he has the appropriate bio consisting of a quote an excerpt of a quote by Prof. Allan Snyder:
Creativity is the act of rebellion by definition. You have to be downright subversive to break the rules and to confront conventional wisdom, don’t you? And if everyone accepts what you are doing when you are doing it, you’re obviously not on the forefront and you are doing something that is within the paradigm. If every accepts what I am doing, I’m in the wrong field.
That is exactly what I think about art, that is Avant-garde, that is what I am.
Make sure to get lost in his site over at kimasendorf.com