Why did you choose patenting as a way to represent, communicate ,
and/or embody your method of "inventing 3D bitmap materials; software
and printers (product 3D bitmap software 'Digital Clay' in 1996,
patents for 3D"?
There are other ways to establish a "new basic genre '3D bitmap' as
On 3/9/09, Nakazawa Hideki <email@example.com> wrote:
> ARTISTS AS INVENTORS, art as invention
> Hideki Nakazawa
> Dear Yasminers,
> Thank you to Roger and Robert for inviting me as one of the discussants.
> I am a fine art artist who invented the first 3D bitmap software and
> printers in the levels of both products and patents. In this my case,
> I believe invention itself is ART, rather to call art-RELATED invention.
> Yes, my interest is whether art as invention or invention as art can be
> accepted or not.
> Besides, I do not want to think about some kind of conceptual art which
> places non-art objects into an art context. NOT because non-art
> objects (such as invention) can be called art in the sense of conceptual
> art, I believe some of inventions are core of art as they are.
> Here I am giving 3 past cases with 1 my case.
> 1) George Seurat's pointillism
> Purpose = representative painting focusing color
> Method = pointillism (color division and touch division)
> Result = many of Seurat's pointillist paintings
> I think creating method from the purpose is invention, while creating
> art works using method is making-art. Here, pointillism is invention.
> We can say with no doubt that pointillist paintings are art and Seurat
> is one of the artists as inventors. Then, can we say inventing
> pointillism itself art? We know that Seurat himself disliked to be
> called pointillist. But I think inventing pointillism itself was core
> of visual art.
> 2) Arnold Shoenberg's dodecaphony
> Purpose = music composition using 12 notes equally
> Method = dodecaphony (forming tone rows symmetrically)
> Result = many of Shoenberg's dodecaphonic pieces
> Here dodecaphony is invention, the method created from the purpose.
> We can say Shoenberg's dodecaphonic pieces are art and Shoenberg is one
> of the artists as inventors. We know that Shoenberg himself emphasized
> dodecaphonic "COMPOSITION" denying "DODECAPHONIC" composition. But I
> think inventing dodecaphony itself was core of music composition.
> 3) Leonard Da Vinci's inventions of paint material and drawings of ideas
> Purpose = representative painting
> Method = preparing better paint material and better drawings of ideas
> (later called academism)
> Result = very few Da Vinci's paintings in spite of many tried paint
> materials and many drawings of ideas
> We know that Da Vinci tried each different paint material for each
> different painting and even he often invented it. We know that he
> prepared many drawings of ideas. (Attention: drawings came to be
> considered art today, while not in those days. Drawings were kind of
> invention.) We also know that once he thought his invention has done,
> he lost interest to continue making art works. Only few paintings
> remain till today; one reason is that some of his paint material which
> he invented was defective, another reason is that he lost interest
> after invented paint material or finished his drawings of ideas.
> Let's think more about the latter. I believe the core of Da Vinci's
> art is inventing paint material or drawings of ideas rather than making
> art works. In this case method as invention itself turned to be the
> purpose again. I want to say method is art and invention is art in
> this case.
> 4) My 3D bitmap software and printers
> Purpose = to establish new basic genre "3D bitmap" as digital modering,
> while so-called "3D" is only the world of 3D vector as digital carving
> Method = inventing 3D bitmap materials; software and printers
> (product 3D bitmap software "Digital Clay" in 1996, patents for 3D
> bitmap software and 3D bitmap printers in 1996)
> Result = no 3D bitmap art works of mine yet
> First I have to say that I have produced many art works as a fine art
> artist, but I have never produced 3D bitmap art works except examples
> for my software. When I decided to apply patents in 1996, I consider
> patents themselves art. Again the method turned to be the purpose.
> No need my 3D bitmap art works, because I do not think that 3D bitmap
> materials are mere steps to making 3D bitmap art works. My purpose,
> establishing a genre "3D bitmap," is more essential than making art
> works, I thought. I named this project "Art Patents" that is to claim
> my intangible patents themselves being art without any tangible art
> works. However, I am feeling to be misunderstood even today, 2009.
> If you also have questions, I am willing to hear.
> If you want to know more on my inventions, please visit:
> If you can read Japanese, the above argument is written in my monograph
> "Method of Art and Art of Method" carried on "Philosophy Vol. 7,"
> Iwanami Lecture Series, 2008.
> Hideki Nakazawa
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