Code As Art
I made music for a long time. Being an artist is a very big part of my identity. There came a point, after 15 years of making music, that I began to feel unable to break new ground. Then I discovered programming.
A lot of people, programmers included, don’t look at what we do as art. But to me, programming is one of the most powerful forms of art. Each program is a team or individual’s unique take on a solution to a problem. We solve problems with our art, but you can also use programming to facilitate others making art or even to make pure art yourself (ie, video games). As an artist, it is this polymorphic quality to code as art that makes it so unique and interesting.
When I was making music, after making something new I would often listen to it on a loop for another hour or so. I did this because what I had created was brand new and interesting. I find myself doing the same with my programs. I will often sit, scrolling the page up and down, looking at, and admiring, my code. Using the program doesn’t give me the same satisfaction as looking at the code that drives it.
All my programmers out there, do you view your code as art too?