Six Little Loops

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Artist's statement:

Maps are metaphors. Through metaphors we connect what we experience to what we remember. We create knowledge by connecting the new (the present) to what we know (the past) and so maybe predict what happens next (the future). 

Our desire to predict fuels our desire to live, to survive. Desire is the foundation of narrative. Narrative reduces to desire, action and result-the structure of story. We exist in endless loops of desire-layer upon layer of stories of varying temporalities and shifting priorities-all synchronized to rhythms of breath and heart. 

I make maps. I start with raw code-simple numeric models. As all is number in the computer I can map the numbers to the senses-turn numbers into tangible experience? The maps might loop in time (animation and audio) or freeze in a moment (a still image or print). There is synchrony in the sensory vertical and the temporal horizontal. Image and audio derive from the same numeric source. Each maps the other in the moment and through time. It's a visual music in a synaesthetic counterpoint. 

Musical narrative developed over centuries, moving the listener through time with the Pythagorean struggle of harmonic conflict-dissonance seeking consonance. My little loops and images engage that struggle at various levels. Color shifts. Composition flows. Image and sound agree, complement, disagree and resolve. 

Perhaps it's abstract expressionism, true to its digital materials, founded in musical traditions and Modernist formalism. But it's loosened a bit. It's jazz in color, shape, sound and computation. Relax. Hear the colors. Listen with your eyes.

(Source: ELO 2008 Media Arts show)

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Scott Rettberg