suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Holger LIPPMANN: The fractalScape and NoiseScape series are based on Processing code and work with Perlin noise and iteration functions. The iteration algorithm divides a shape down within a 7-9 level loop. Each repetition of the process is also called an “iteration.” The results of one iteration are used as starting point for the next iteration.
The suffix -scape, as remeniscent of landscape, is used to describe the abstraction of some sort of ground—that is, lines and sometimes indications of mountains that, to me, render a certain sense of place; not really landscape, but rather some rough system of abstract perspective. The work is sometimes influenced by photographs of the Shorfheide—a Biosphere Reserve I live close to—and by the Chinese ink painting tradition of shan shui (“mountain-water”), or “pure” landscape. Also, by repetitive electronic music.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
HL: As far as I can remember, I always felt strongly attracted to electronic music. I started listening to kraftwerk at 13 and made my own music on a 486 dos computer with tracker software in the early ’90s. To work with computers as visual artist was, for me, a consistent step rather than a special decision. Another step was going from using graphic software into the coding level myself. Since 2008, when I participated in a Processing workshop, I have worked mainly with Processing. I started working with the books of Casey Reas, Ben Fry, and Ira Greenberg, as well as the open source online community OpenProcessing.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
HL: I was pretty much fascinated by a book of traditional Japanese art.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
HL: I’m constantly looking toward what is going on in visual art and music culture. I feel very much in harmony with the reasent development to a more abstract style of art, away from the figurative art dominated ’90s and 2000s. Artists I like include: Diana Lange, Amelie Petit Moreau, Tauba Auerbach, Julian Hoeber, Stefan Saalfeld, and Michael Kalki, just to name a few. Also see my personal art blog, WOWGREAT.