Proposal for a Rhizome.org Net Art Commission Project Name:     "John Cage continued.." Project Description: John Cage was well known for using random principles in his musical work. I was less aware about his visual work applying generative principles and utilizing random numbers derived from the I-Ching. WHERE R = RYOANJI (4R)/4 - 7/83 pencils on handmade Japan paper MargareteRoederGallery.com Cage's R=Ryoanji series is inspired by the stone garden of the Ryoanji temple in Kyoto. The pencil drawings are good examples, which show his process and the achieved results. Kathan Brown's book contains a good description of the process. This process consists of: Randomly selecting stones, positioning them on a grid paper using random numbers; Tracing the stones with a pencil and repeat this process a predefined number of times. I propose to recreate, visualize and automate the above process in a web-based program. The program would produce an unlimited sequence of Ryoanji type drawings in a fleeting screen representation while revealing their underlying generative principles. Watching the moving stones and the emerging tracings could be a ZEN like experience. The project may trigger discussions about "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical (Digital) Reproduction". Sketch of screen during construction of drawing Technical: The proposed project (a web page, programmed in Flash or Java) will allow visitors to watch the following series of events resulting in a sequence of drawings:```start (program steps in pseudo code ) draw grid on a surface representing the Ryoanji stone garden Do n times { (1) select stone (2) out of a repository of 15 move stone to a randomly selected spot on the grid draw pencil like line (3) around the stone remove stone from grid } remove grid wait (d seconds) user can appreciate finished drawing erase drawing (simulated eraser or fade to white) (4) go to start new drawing (1) n represents the number of stones selected and traced onto one drawing. This and other parameters could be user selected. (2) John Cage used 15 stones ( as in the Kyoto Stone garden) His stones are often exhibited together with his graphic work and the used pencils. Photographic representations of the same stones could possibly be obtained from the Margarete Roeder Gallery for the project (3) My lifelong obsession with random lines will allow me to program lines simulating human tracing. (4) It is important to make it clear that the achieved results are not actual works on paper and are not meant to be preserved or even stored on the computer, so no copyright issues should result from this project. ``` Timeline and Budget The project could be built in one month. The chance of a Rhizome presentation and the addition of some money for software upgrades would highly increase my motivation to build the proposed program. Tools John Cage used for the series ``` Curriculum Vitae: I live and work in New York City. - Born on a small farm in Switzerland - University of Bern, MS in Statistics with Physics and Mathematics - Joined IBM as working student (early experiments with random numbers) - Founded a group to organizing photography exhibitions in Switzerland - Moved to New York, attended International Center of Photography - Graduate studies at Columbia University, artificial intelligence, neurobiology - NY Institute of Technology, MS in computer science and computer graphics - Independent consultant supporting diverse clients with web applications - Web artist ``` My feet facing the Ryoanji garden in Kyoto Supporting Links ARTificialART random art site, listed on ArtBase, documenting my experience with random lines. Monthly Weblog since 2000 with a collection of arti, political and personal web pieces. ARTwareSoftware   web page describing my professional/technical background Kathan Brown John Cage VISUAL ART: To SOBER and QUIET the MIND Pick and earlier Rhizome project submissiom resulting in a honorable mention. ``` ``` Copyright © 2005 by Kurt Baumann, New York