Month: February 2011

Quantitative Aesthetics – Films Are Getting Worse

"If you look at the movies coming out of Hollywood these days, it seems obvious that they're getting worse. Cynics have gone as far as to proclaim the death of storytelling. Movie studios, they say, are taking the easy way out: recycling old ideas that are a sure bet to attract audiences, regardless of quality.…
Posted in Aesthetics

Shapeways Urinal Print

My print of the Urinal has just arrived from Shapeways.Here it is in its packaging with an SD Card for scale:And here's a tasteful installation shot of it: The original blog post about this project, with links to the source files, is here.
Posted in Art, Art History, Free Culture, Projects

Urinal Follow-Up

The conversation in the comments at Thingiverse has been great, do take a look -http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6261And the BotFarm printed one! -http://www.thingiverse.com/derivative:6474
Posted in Art, Projects

Exploring Art Data 17

Let's clean up the Constable data from Graves Art Sales.This extract shows most of the issues with the scanned and OCR-ed data: 1839 April 13 Christie's Samuel Archbutt. 114. Salisbury Cathedral from Meadows Theobald I839 April 13 Samuel Archbutt. 115. Embarltation of George IV, Waterloo Bridge Bought in 43 1 o 1345 May 16 Mr.…
Posted in Art Computing, Art History, Art Open Data

Freeing Art History: Urinal

I commissioned the ultra-talented cwebber to make a 3D model of a urinal suitable for 3D printing and signing. It's licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported licence. Here's a picture of it:You can download the original Blender file here.And there's a version suitable for 3D printing available for download here.Which you can also…
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Art Data Analysis: Sparse Coding Analysis

Recently, statistical techniques have been used to assist art historians in the analysis of works of art. We present a novel technique for the quantification of artistic style that utilizes a sparse coding model. Originally developed in vision research, sparse coding models can be trained to represent any image space by maximizing the kurtosis of…
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