Month: July 2008

The Emerging NC Consensus

NonCommercial is Creative Commons's most popular licence module (Attribution doesn't count, it is automatic). Richard Stallman and Tim Berners-Lee support a baseline of non-commercial use. And cool music acts like Radiohead and Girl Talk release work under NC.There seems to be a growing consensus around NC.Compared to standard copyright, NC is a gain in freedom.…
Posted in Free Culture

Some Excellent Free Culture-Related Blogs

Mike Linksvayer has an insightful and thought-provoking blog here.Crosbie Fitch will help you imagine a world without copyright here.Matt Lee explores freedom for cultural work as well as for software here.Joy Garnett's NewsGrist has the best fair use and free expression coverage in the art world, and more, here.
Posted in Free Culture

Like That

"Like That" turned into a code generation project but I think this was more trouble than it was worth. Beware the seduction of time-saving code that doesn't save time. I took the "make a large number of exhibitable works" part and missed out the "quickly" part. And I ended up having to exercise editorial control,…
Posted in Art Computing, Generative Art, Projects

Some Sanity On DRM For Second Life

http://gwala.net/blog/2008/07/virtual-worlds-why-drm-cannot-protect-you-for-long/There's a very fundamental problem facing many content creators in Virtual Worlds these days (such as Second Life™, IMVU™ and others), and that is the problem of Piracy - where one unscrupulous individual takes content from a designer or developer, and then attempts to resell it as their own.It's a problem - no-one can deny…
Posted in Free Culture, Generative Art

Where’s Rob?

I'm working on reviews for Furtherfield, having long conversations about digital art on Rhizome, reading William Gibson, and learning Rails, Open Inventor and Second Life.I'm also hacking on some data visualization code (you've seen the patterns on this blog) but I'm not sure whether that's going anywhere. I think 1968/1969 may be my ultimate statement…
Posted in Personal

A Day In The Studio 1 (Rings, in Progress)

Posted in Aesthetics, Generative Art, Projects

Doctor Who And Duchamp

Duchamp's readymades are acts of ontological transubstantiation, they nominate non-artistic objects as artworks. This is aesthetic blasphemy.Nominating a non-art object as an artwork requires that the object not be an art object. But imagine that you have a time machine. Now you can go back in time to ancient Rome or Greece with any non-art…
Posted in Aesthetics, Satire

I Don’t Want To Grow Up

In 1976 Tom Waits sang "Tom Traubert's Blues".In 1992 he sang "I Don't Want To Grow Up".Each is equivalent given its environment.
Posted in Aesthetics

Some People Really Need To Stop Trying To Get Their Hand Up Your Backside

Dealing with a last-chance careerist nonentity and their agenda generates neither light nor heat. There's a shuffling embarrassment and gazing into your glass that results from being faced with a cretin riding out. When said lackwit also persistently misrepresents what you are saying (or is too incompetent to stump for a clue), giving them the…
Posted in Satire

Why Friending The Aesthetic?

The bloggers and surf clubs discussed at the Net Aesthetics 2.0 panel follow a similar model. But instead of stoically re-creating the art world online, they are opening themselves to a galaxy of experience that could potentially be considered art, while at the same time subversively slipping in their own content.- Tom Moody.The solution to…
Posted in Projects