In an exclusive interview Cecil Balmond opens up about his approach, outlining a new realm where both coding and intuition coexist in the act of creating.
Here, Balmond expands more.
Process and creativity.
‘There is always a connection of process to product and it’s no different in art. It’s just that process is never discussed, the focus being on the object. I welcome the discussion in the Artforum article that looks deeper into this vexing question of creativity and rigorous method.’
Intuition and shaping the abstract.
‘If the computer is just a tool, the debate is not interesting. But, when with modern coding methods, the designer shapes in abstract letters the vision of a design, it is the same creative current as if I were to think of phantom auras or shapes or forces and then draw or paint and sculpt them. Intuition has no limits.’
Imagination, mystery and wonder.
‘Methods of making – from anvil to paintbrush or computer code are only the directories of manufacture that guide texture and influence and outcome. Rationales of making may leave their unique fingerprint in the work but the imagination leaves no trace, only a mystery and wonder at what is possible.’
Read the full article ‘Code Breaker’ in the October issue of Artforum out now.