Creative Coding

Computational Thinking, Creativity, Education, MSU MAET

As tools change, so do ways of expressing creativity. In prehistoric times, pigment and cave walls were readily available. Today we are surrounded by digital tools used for communication, commerce and calculations, yet from their first days computers were repurposed for artistic means. My father-in-law tells a story of early computers at Chrysler being used to create pictures of Snoopy in punch card patterns. One of the first video games, Tennis for Two, was made in 1958 using an oscilloscope. The stereotypical notion of art in a frame or on a pedestal is changing as subjects such as big data, Twitter trends and the quantified self become relevant.