Non-stationary art got a big boost in 1930, When Alexander Calder invented the mobile. Now that the computer is ubiquitous, the possibilities for non-stationary art — interactive or simply involving unpredictable and non-repeating motion — are staggering. Okay, computer screens can’t do real 3D, and a mobile is real 3D. But even so, the sky’s the limit.
The same could be said about almost any digital art form, not just IF. Sure, you can upload your photos to Flickr or your music tracks to Soundcloud, but at that point your audience will encounter that user interface, which may well detract from the experience you would like to convey. You’ll have no control over the presentation. And presentation matters.
I wish I could take a class, because I would love to be able to go up to the instructor after class and say, “I don’t understand this function. Can you tell me what it does?” Yes, there are online classes. (Not free.) I’ve looked at the curricula for a couple of them. I so do not need yet another tutorial that tells me how to use a for loop, or what “var” means. I want the real stuff, and I don’t yet know where I’ll find it.