“That which I cannot create, I cannot understand.”
Richard P. Feynman
Through the process of recreation we at a deeper level of understanding. From neural nets to oil paint, the sciences and the arts use similar methods of observation and mimicry in order to derive new discoveries. Although such processes are not always successful at perfectly copying their subject, there is often more merit in the imperfect representation. Catherine Elgin writes that in both art and science, fictions more often advance our understandings than complete models. Through use of painting, sculpture, programming, and robotics, I seek to achieve some level of understanding through reproduction. Circuit boards are no longer designed by the slow and inefficient human as artificial intelligence has taken over in finding the most efficient manner of organizing each component and connection. The resulting design, created by the inhuman machine becomes a beautifully intricate masterpiece. Through the process of painting the circuit boards, I arrive at a new understanding of the computer’s “self designed” aesthetic.