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

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

Urinal Follow-Up

The conversation in the comments at Thingiverse has been great, do take a look – And the BotFarm printed one! –

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.

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

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