Big Bang Data

The Big Bang Data exhibition at Somerset House is both pedagogic and an art show. I went twice. Highlights include: thingful, a search engine and geographic display of the internet of things. The whacky world of open data. Some things available are genuinely useful (eg DEFRA air quality monitoring stations, river level gauges, weather stations).…

Winter Lights

Winter Lights at Canary Wharf was a fascinating display of light (and sound) art. Sorry it has taken me six weeks to blog my visit. – Bitfall, by Julius Popp, uses falling jets of water to display news items. – Fantastic Planet is an 18 foot high illuminated figure, by Amanda Parer. – Light Sphere…

The problem with corpuses…

A previous post describes several attempts to provide ‘creative’ programmes – systems to write poetry, music, or even complete musicals by computer. My concern is that most of the presenters started off by saying ‘we built a corpus of jazz chords/ stories from hit musicals / pictures/ words’ and then went on to analyse the…

Machine creativity

A very stimulating meeting at the British Library last week, called ‘Digital Conversations’, asked whether computers can be creative. There were several short talks: – one about a machine that generated chord progressions for new jazz tunes. (The speaker, Tom Hedges, brought a jazz pianist who played a progression the machine had generated, though later…

The right way to make perfect saleable art

Jonas Lundh, “one of southern Sweden’s most active exhibiting painters”, attempted to create the most optimised work of art to sell “at an art fair”. In an interview printed in the Electronic Superhighway catalogue, Lundh explains his Studio Practice Project: “I downloaded recent auction results and worked out the right way to make the perfect…

The Electronic Superhighway

The Electronic Superhighway exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery attempts to be “A major exhibition bringing together over 100 works to show the impact of computer and Internet technologies on artists from the mid-1960s to the present day.” There’s a lot in it. Some of the original pioneers: – Heath Bunting is represented by _readme.html. –…