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What is SciFaiku Art?

As I see it, there are at least 4 ways in which SciFaiku Art might be designed:

1) As an illustration of a particular SciFaiku poem.

2) As an aesthetic companion to the poetry.

3) As art inspired by the same principles as SciFaiku:
minimalism, science-fiction, immediacy, and human insight.

4) One that hasn't been tried, to my knowledge, is to lay out the text of a SciFaiku poem by taking advantage of typographical tricks...bending letters, varying font and size, and choosing a layout to strengthen a poem.

Illustrated Poems

As an example of the first, Jeffrey Romano ( writes the following poem, and the image to the right attempts to illustrate the idea:
Red Giant sets
o'er green chlorine sea
Yellow mist wafts lazily landward.
Yellow Mist, (c) 1996 Tom Brinck

This poem by Tom Brinck is also interpreted to some extent by the image to the right:
We all got suspicious
when we turned out the lights
and Max was still glowing
Max, (c) 1996 Tom Brinck

Aesthetic Companions

The second concept of SciFaiku Art, aesthetic companions to SciFaiku, is satisfied with any science-fiction art which manages to match the mood of its companion poems. Generally the mood of SciFaiku is quiet and contemplative, so those types of poems work best. Below are some examples:
the spiral trail of smoke
from the crashing rocket
Comets, (c) 1996 Tom Brinck
on lunar plains
no sound, no movement
but the lens of the probe
Stars, (c) 1996 Tom Brinck

Art in the Spirit of SciFaiku

The third type of art is inspired by the principles of minimalism, science-fiction, immediacy, and human insight. These pictures attempt to capture a science-fiction theme with a minimal representation. Immediacy is the effect of transporting the viewer into the scene, and those that work best give insight into the human experience.

While minimalism is in some traditions of art, I believe it bears revisiting. This picture to the right appears busy, but in fact is random. In essence, it contains minimal information. Any randomness or texture conveys minimal information, so that while an image appears rich, it is still minimal if it can be minimally parameterized. This image nevertheless inspires multiple interpretations, whether it be about concrete images of televisions on the fritz or alien landscapes or abstract concepts of noise or the arbitrariness of modern life. Divinity, (c) 1996 Tom Brinck

These next two images come from Andrew McCann (Copyright 1996 Andrew G. McCann/Planet Magazine, used by permission), and appeared first in Planet Magazine. The first is my favorite. The large region of orange provides a profound empty background with a strong mood. By showing only a hand, he omits needless information. The balance of the small black dot toward the top is enigmatic and breaks the space up in a thoughtful way. You can click on each of these images for a larger view.

I am very interested to see what other artists achieve in the way of complementing SciFaiku, and would be happy to hear what others think of these ideas.

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