10 March 2008

The Face of Fractal Art

What is the face of fractal art?

Is it online communities such as Renderosity or DeviantArt or some other venue that I'm not familiar with?

Is it web sites run by individuals, some who host galleries for other artists?

Is it a calendar?

Is it a contest?

Is it one or more of the myriad blogs and/or forum sites where people write about and/or post images generated with fractal programs?

Is it one of the many mailing lists that cater to specific programs?

Is it one of numerous private mailings lists that are set up for smaller groups of people?

Is is any particular program?

It has been alleged recently that the "official" face is a "clique" who use their "official" status for self-promotion.

Where did this status come from? Who gave it to this "clique"? Did they steal it from someone else? If so, who did they steal it from?

The allegation is that it is this status gains them opportunities that their art could never have gained them without this status.

The implication is that the art produced by this "clique" is somehow bad or sub-standard. Is the art created by this "clique" worst than the art created by the person making the charge? If so, in what ways?

Has anyone ever been intimated by this "clique"? Who? When? How? (Note: The case of the individual being booted from a web site doesn't count.)

Isn't it more likely that the face of fractal art, officially or unofficially, is the impression than every fractal artist gives to those they come in contact with?


kymarto said...

Ken, there is no doubt. This post proves it. You are a terrible troll, trying to drown out the dulcet tones of reason voiced by the noble whistleblowers with your strident heckling. Can't you see how you are interrupting their free speech with your irrational tirades while dressing them down in your typical smug and condescending fashion?

They, of course, are not guilty of any type of poor conduct--such behavior is beneath them. They merely wish to "wright" the wrongs that they observe being visited upon the fractal art community by a clique that has unfairly seized power and uses it to oppress.

And yet, it is interesting that when some of us write comments to their blog, challenging their assertions while observing their prohibition against "incivility, excessive profanity, hate speech, and spam", we (presumably) are branded as hecklers.

But is it even possible for us to be hecklers in the context in which we are accused? Wikipedia defines a heckler as "a person who shouts an uninvited comment, usually disparaging, at a performance or event, or interrupt[s] set-piece speeches, for example at a political meeting."

A heckler interrupts a real-time event, physically interfering with an action. This is simply not possible in the context of a blog or written statement. Our text does not cover theirs, rendering it illegible. We merely request that any audience has access to opinions on both sides of the issues under discussion.

If our interlocutors were so convinced of the rightness of their position, I venture to say that they would not so be bothered by our protestations, which in no way infringe on their freedom to express themselves. They must harbor unease and guilt about their own behavior if our comments bother them to the extent that they would make such lame attempts to discredit--not our arguments--but our behavior.

Of course they have every right to choose what they wish to appear on their blog. Luckily the Internet has provided an infrastructure for all of us to express ourselves without infringing on the right of others to do the same.

All the more reason not to dish it out if you can't take it.


WelshWench said...

Isn't it more likely that the face of fractal art, officially or unofficially, is the impression than every fractal artist gives to those they come in contact with?

Very true.

The saddest thing about those crying "Foul!" is that their words give such a poor and incorrect impression of the 'face of fractal art' to the passing reader: those unfamiliar with the history and the other side of the story. Rather than pique people's interest in a fascinating and diverse art form they are turning people off.

Ken said...

Toby, for some reason the phrase "having a battle of wits with an unarmed person" keeps popping into my head. :-)