Charles Harries

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jdan's hashart

Jordan Scales's online SHA-256-based generative art project has me wanting to generate some art of my own.

I like generative art in principle. I think it's a good jumping-off point for discussions of e.g. like what is the interface between humans and art or in other terms what does art's API look like? but I'm not going to go there because I don't feel like agonising for an hour and a half over an idea with a shelf life of like 2 weeks.

Jordan Scales has created a collection of generative art based on SHA-256 hashes. It's all JavaScript and draws its output to a canvas. I'm not sure that any of them are striking per se, but all of them have a sort of technical edge augmented by reading the code. I'm not trying to get all 1970s sci-fi on you here; I just like looking at them. I like the idea of turning cryptography into art (even if I'm not particularly good at either of them)—especially when it doesn't involve grimacing monkeys. It makes me want to try and create my own.

hash, Jordan Scales

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