Recently unearthed from the depths of the Sonic Acts archive, The Art Of Point Pixel Programming is a CD with data track and a 36-page book, released after Sonic Acts Festival in 2000. More than two decades on, the publication offers a fascinating perspective on early computerised art as well as Sonic Act’s inaugural years as an organisation.
Originally presented as part of the Points and Pixels lecture series, the book contains transcribed talks: ‘Poor Man’s Infinity’ by Taco A.W. Stolk, ‘The Arab Method’ by Dick Raaijmakers and Electronic Brushstrokes by Vincent Icke. Each of the texts moves through evocative metaphor – locked bathroom doors, biblical scenes, monastic musical scales and the noise of dying stars – to describe the pixel as a room, vault of information or vehicle for fantasy.
The data track contains videos from the following performances: ‘XorC’ by Peter Max and Robert Pravda, ‘XORCE-1’ by Dr. Loop vs. Tappo Kontakt, ‘Qt x (tcw23)W’ by Arthur Ivens, ‘_Reply-X_or_C’ by Geert Oddens and Minuszero, and ‘sBar’ by Robert Pravda. Its concluding pages and introduction cover Sonic Acts activities, detailing past editions of the festival while reflecting the convergence of arts education and research with club culture.