Month: August 2009

Live Coding on The BBC

The BBC are running a feature on the livecoding group TOPLAP -http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8221235.stmThis is great, as TOPLAP and livecoding deserve wider attention. Take a look!
Posted in Art Computing

Aesthetic Analysis

An infinite poem generator that finds tweets that rhyme on Twitter. I was talking about doing something like this for lyrics with Furny -http://www.longestpoemintheworld.com/The Hacker News discussion of that site has some very useful links to references for computational rhyming -http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=788117In the comments of this blog below, K. Bender links to their statistical study of…
Posted in Aesthetics, Art Computing

Technical Problems

The perceived lack of psychological content, subjectivity, interiority, or affect is not a problem that concerns me in art computing. It is a deficiency of criticism, not the art under consideration. Software is ultimately made by human beings and its output is experienced by them. Visions of order are psychologically and ideologically interesting if you…
Posted in Aesthetics, Art Computing

Weaponized Aesthetics

I've been looking for examples of offensive (as in attacking) military use of aesthetics. Dazzle ships and pop music torture are all I can find so far. The IDF's use of Situationist theory comes close.In literature there are examples such as the hypnomats Jerry Cornelius's father built into his fake Le Corbusier Chateau in "The…
Posted in Aesthetics

Windows 7 Sins

When I first heard about Windows 7 Sins I didn't like the idea. But then I saw the website, read the arguments, and I found the whole approach very effective.Take a look here - http://windows7sins.org/I've been following people's reactions to the campaign's launch on identi.ca. Reaction has mostly been positive, but there have been some…
Posted in Free Culture

Art, Statistical Modelling, Normativity

Cross-referencing David Bowie's songs against their chart success to produce a perfect Bowie song - http://newslite.tv/2009/08/26/scientist-writes-ideal-david-b.htmlFor me that song is "Ashes To Ashes", though. ;-)If art is ideologically normative representation then this US Military simulation of the world is contemporary art of the highest order - http://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2009/08/22/sentient-world-war-games-on-the-grandest-scale/And the brain may be a Bayesian Probability engine…
Posted in Aesthetics, Art Computing

Affect Mining

Extracting affect (or sentiment) from electronic text is a hard problem, and it's difficult to persuade people just how hard it is. The Manhattan Times has an article that explains just how difficult it is, and has lots of useful links to projects and resources. The stand-out link is to Lillian Lee's paper "Opinion mining…
Posted in Aesthetics, Art Computing

Durian – New Blender Movie

The Blender Foundation have previously made two short computer animated films codenamed Orange and Peach to help drive development of their 3D modelling and rendering software. Earlier this year they announced a third codenamed Durian. Very little is known about it at this point but I've every confidence it will be as distinctive and as…
Posted in Free Culture

Quantifying The Canon

Dissecting the Canon: Visual Subject Co-Popularity Networks in Art ResearchFascinating (pdf) paper on the mathematical analysis of art history, finding long tails and sub-tails of works and subjects and uncovering interesting geographical data about the most popular works in the artistic canon as represented through a corpus of art historical texts.
Posted in Aesthetics, Art Computing

Quantitative Iconography

This is clearly intended just as a bit of fun, but it is also a good example of using statistical methods to analyse images -http://io9.com/5340578/proof-that-every-fantasy-book-cover-must-contain-a-sword
Posted in Aesthetics, Satire