Exploring a digital arts practice that builds on creative coding

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Juhani Halkomäki , is a digital artist born in Southern Finland and currently, practicing in Helsinki. Halkomaki’s practice is a process of coding vivid, expressive digital illustrations. The new media artist blurs the line between digital art and more classical practices. His oeuvre is striking, for both, the coded perfection that the strokes of some pieces carry, but also the playfulness that others exhibit. Indeed, there is an expressionistic quality, reminiscent of Van Gogh to much of the art that Halkomäki creates, and the detractors of coded art will undoubtedly experience a pause for thought when engaging with it. Discussing his own background, the new media artist tells STIR, “I’ve been interested in programming from an early age. I used to spend hours in front of my computer writing QBasic programs that would draw moving circles and rectangles on the screen. Nowadays this could be called creative coding. Back then, my dream was to become a game developer, as I had no idea that programming could be used for creating art.”

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