Go Deeper Making Art in 2017: Sally Kong on Kongputational Doodle

Making Art in 2017: Sally Kong on Kongputational Doodle

Posted September 7th, 2017

Name: Sally Kong

Company: Blue Sky Studios

Show in 2017 Festival: Kongputational Doodle

FringeArts: Tell us a bit about your show.

Sally Kong: I was fascinated by math equations and algorithms that can produce many distinctive variations in shape and personality when different numbers are plugged in, even when their underlying logic remains exactly the same. I wanted to create an interface to play around with these formulas and explore their unpredictable and often beautiful outcomes.

FringeArts: How have your interests in or approach to art making changed in the last year?

Sally Kong: This was my first time creating something new on a daily basis. For 10 days, I spent around 3-5 hours everyday designing, coding, testing, and playing with a completely new Kongputational Doodle. I am used to making random things out of spontaneous bursts of maker energy, so working on something consistently was a challenge in both idea generation and discipline. But I love what came out of it and I want to continue to work on more projects routinely in the future!

FringeArts: Tell us about an instance from 2017 where your interaction with art provided some much needed solace or refuge from outside troubles.

Sally Kong: I used to struggle with feelings of anxiety when eating out with friends or colleagues at restaurants because I am not good at making jokes or small talk. To cut through the awkwardness, I recently came up with the idea of collaborative septolets. A septolet is a poem with seven lines and a syllable count of 1,2,3,4,3,2,1. The process is like a game: I invite a friend to write one line of a septolet then we take turns until it is finished. In the past few months, I have written more than 100 septolets with my friends. Looking over these unique pieces of poetry is a simple reminder to me that every connection I make can have lasting and special value.


Kongputational Doodle
Sally Kong

Free / Goes live Sept 7

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