We go in search of the beauty in algorithms and discuss what effect computer-generated images have on us, what is perceived as aesthetic and why. Can beauty be captured in a mathematical formula? To finde out that, students created sketches and ideas with pen and paper and do the final realization via a browser-based software called p5.js.


TARGET LEVEL cantonal school
IDEAL AGE 15-19 years
GROUP SIZE 18-25 people
DURATION 8 double lessons
REQUIREMENTS computer skills, bring your own device

+ Learn a simple programming language
+ Can apply solution-oriented methods
+ Know how to create digital imagery

The students were given the task of creating an image concept for their favourite song or artist. The focus was on trying out different possibilities, as well as methods such as hacking, appropriation (DIY) and trial/error. But in class we do not work permanently on the computer, there is also room for analog sequences such as drawing and collage. We also discuss to what extent the digital world or algorithms influence our perception and senses and whether a computer program can be creative on its own. In addition, there will be inputs on optical illusions, Bridget Riley, Brian Eno, color contrasts, among others. The hot topic of how we humans are currently dealing with virtual worlds and AI reflects the lifeworld of the students. The goal is, that they clearly sharpen their skills and perception in interacting with digital media.