this is an age old consideration really.
mural painters continue to do major work for artists who cannot be on site to paint (Arturo Herrera) as well as composers for video when music is needed. (I've worked with a composer on many projects rather than struggle with electronic music software - he's the master - and he gets the credit)
All in the spirit of collaboration, ideally.
> It's a pretty straightforward thing in my world. If I were to hire a
> programmer (which I haven't done so far, actually) that person
> (paid) will get a credit on the release as a contributing assistant
> designer and will not be listed as an author. If the programmer
> feels like it, and I feel like it, and we agree to work with me
> collaboratively, then it's for no pay all around, and it's a
> relationship between peers/ equal: in this instance, it follows that
> the programmer gets listed as a collaborative artist just like
> everybody else in the collaboration. For example, the live seismic
> data project <http://carrizoparkfielddiaries.net
> is conceptually
> originated by me, and is part of my larger multimedia offline project
> CarrizoParkfield Diaries: nevertheless, all three of us --- fiction
> and new media writer Jeremy Hight and linguist/ programmer Sindee
> Nakatani -- developed the design program and addressed the conceptual
> problems and functional solutions of this live data online project;
> thus Sindee and Jeremy are listed as collaborators with me here, and
> on the Whitney site, see <http://artport.whitney.org/gatepages/
> I think it's important to acknowledge publicly, that in a
> collaboration, everybody contributes in a shared design problem and
> solution, and shares in the risks as well as the satisfaction of
> achievement. On the other hand, if a programmer hires an artist, or
> an artist hires a programmer, then the relationship is unequal
> because of the introduction of hierarchy and power through capital.
> The person who is getting the grants and paying the bills gets to
> decide what the attributions will be. The nice thing for the person
> being hired is they get paid and they don't have to deal with the
> risks associated with production (financial and otherwise).
> Sometimes that can be worth the trouble, and besides, even if you're
> paid, you do get listed in the credits as an assistant. That's not
> so bad if the project is cool.
> It seems kinda sad to be fighting over validation regarding who or in
> what way does programming happen and who does whatever else it is
> that artists do otherwise --- work with sound, work with visuality,
> work with time -- aren't we all in this together? There's no line
> between code and art... is, for example, Casey Reas not a visual
> artist and only a software artist, or can we dispense with these
> absurd distinctions?
> LIke most realities, it's a mix like everything to do with layers of
> language. In an era when international leadership attempts to
> control language so that dissent is muffiled or otherwise
> commodified, it is incumbent upon those of us in communication arts
> to hang with one another instead of against. The imperative here is,
> in a time that requires resistance against monotony and anodynes, to
> deal with the practical realities of how are you going to create new
> work -- work that matters to somebody besides yourself.
> On Sep 20, 2005, at 6:40 PM, Komninos os wrote:
> > eduardo kac employed biotechnicians to breed a transgenic glowing
> > bunny(in
> > the dark under uv light), but claims it as his art.
> > i know many new media artists who use programmers but don't credit
> > them as
> > authors.
> > i suppose it is the difference between collaboration and a model
> > akin to
> > director of a movie.
> > komninos
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