Happy hour at GeekdomSF.
What seemed like gobble-de-gook a few months ago is now taking some semblance of order, and I can see the potential of it all, the enormous cavern of creativity, linking art and code.
When I learnt to speak Portuguese, it was a similar process. First, the sounds were complete mush, but then slowly, over a few months it all began to make sense, my confidence grew, and all of a sudden I could speak. Finding my voice with code, I imagine, will take in a similar set of emotions until I reach the point when I can say, ‘I´m producing art and code - yeehaa woop woop’. Of course, I´m not there yet, in fact I am a million miles away, but, each day I get closer and each month I can reflect on my progress.
It’s the first step, in building a new career that includes tech, art, education and ‘social change’ - all the things I love. I don’t know where it will lead me, but I am not too worried about that either.
I´m sharing this, because I imagine other English teachers, artists, chefs, heck, anyone really, thinking about code as I did previously. Which was, ‘code and programming, oh God, how boring, how am I ever going to learn to code’. So, I spent a year thinking about it. Anyway, I´m stoked I´ve made the leap, and devoting the time. It’s far more rewarding than I had every imagined. So, get stuck in - you will not regret it.
Need inspiration? - visit Codeame here where you will find some inspiring artists. This is what Ian Winters says:
“As an artist Winters strives to make technology (if used) an essential, inseparable tool — but still to be fundamentally a tool for exploration rather than a means in itself. Even when the conceptual or political material may be complex — such as explorations of memory & series; temporality, scale, and physical sites; exploration of the complex social relationship of technology and the landscape; and the intersections of live performance; the social and technology — Winters sees the emerging role of technology as one of a fundamental democratization and opening of individual and social possibility.”