Re: art&science

From: E. Shaun Russell (
Date: Mon Apr 10 2000 - 17:11:41 MDT

Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:

>I wouldn't say it quite that way--art that avoids constraints is crap,
>like most free verse or abstract visual art or interpretive dance.
>Great art thrives on constraints: sonnets, realistic visual art, ballet.
>The constraints, though, are chosen by the artist.

        I agree wholeheartedly. Most of the enjoyment I get out of art is in the
creation of constraints. For example when I was somewhat more poetically
inclined, I created an interesting form of sixteen lines with sixteen
syllables per line. The symmetry it creates can be very intriguing, and
becomes both mathematical and artistic. Music is the same way: it is all
time signatures and note choice. That's why a song in 9/8 is usually more
interesting than the standard 4/4. As I have been saying for years,
science and art have more in common than is commonly thought.

E. Shaun Russell Extropian, Musician, ExI Member <KINETICIZE *YOUR* POTENTIAL>

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