The Artists

Will Michaelsen

September 8th, 2014

Designer Los Angeles, CA, USA

“I do weird things with computers.”

Unraveled Artist Interview:

Q: What is your design philosophy?
A: Use technology in ways not intended. Push techniques until they break and reveal new forms. Ultimately, seek the most efficient solutions to problems presented.

Q: What aesthetic or visual ideas affect you the most?
A: Disorientation and the interface between digital and physical realities.

Q: How do you understand the interface between sound and visual?
A: I understand it in perhaps an overly-literal way. I use audio frequency spectrum analysis to drive visual distortion, and computer vision analysis to modulate sound. I aim for the auditory and visual senses to be two aspects of a larger experience.

Q: Briefly explain your creative process.
A: I tend to get a flood of ideas when I should be asleep – usually when I have something really important to do in the morning. Then, I pull a computer into bed and type some notes or even go as far as programming a rough version of an idea. Doneness is subjective. What’s wrong with an indefinite beta phase? Is that not what life amounts to after all? Test new features and find bugs: iterate understanding with each new experience. Some of my favorite works are perpetually generative – emergent behavior can be fascinating.

Q: Do you believe in the process more than result or result more than process? Why?
A: As much as possible, the process is the result.

Q: Why do you value being part of an independent artist community?
A: It is nice to operate outside the context of the bottom line.

Q: What is the range of methods, materials and styles you are most comfortable working with?
A: While ranging from welding to waltz, I’ve lately been most comfortable with generative and interactive digital media design using visual programming environments such as Quartz Composer, Max/MSP, and TouchDesigner.

Q: Please tell us how people can further support you and your work.
A: Follow my exploits via the social media avenues linked at the top of this page. Share with your friends. Bring me on tour. Commission an installation. Come to shows.

Featured image (above) photographed by Isabella Clarke for Unraveled during the Unraveled Micro Tour show at The Silverlake Lounge in Los Angeles on 10/2/14.

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