This summer, I was lucky to visit The Whitney Museum’s Programmed show, which established “connections between works of art based on instructions, spanning over fifty years of conceptual, video, and computational art.” I really enjoyed the show, especially this one artwork by Casey Reas, implemented in Processing. I loved the implied interplay between moving circles, and I wanted it. I wanted it in my life.
A surface filled with one hundred medium to small sized circles. Each circle has a different size and direction, but moves at the same slow rate. Display:
A. The instantaneous intersections of the circles
B. The aggregate intersections of the circles
So over the weekend, I found an implementation in p5.js. And then I created a static site deployed through Netlify to screensaver.ashfurrow.com. Finally, I found an open source macOS screensaver that you can point to an arbitrary URL to show for your screensaver. Perfect.
Today I was in a meeting and my screensaver turned on. I’d forgotten about it. And I was so happy to see it.
(Please don’t judge my dirty screen.)
So I didn’t really do much, beyond customizing some colours, but now I have a really cool screensaver. I made something, out of existing pieces. It feels good, and I want to make more things.