Criticisms of generative and database art.

A very interesting talk at EVA 2017 from Jon McCormack. He discussed three criticisms of generative art: 1. ‘algorithmic genericism’: ‘works made with similar generative procedures – even by different artists – possess a certain generic and repetitive character.’ He used the Voronoi algorithm as an example of a technique which is becoming too familiar.…

On the experience economy

The experience economy is the name for “Pine and Gilmore’s (1999) assertion that the developed world was moving from a service- to an experience-based economy […which…] was based partly on their analysis of the growth of US leisure and tourism attractions, such as theme parks, concerts, cinema and sports events, which they found to outperform…

Free data visualisation tools

Several excellent free data handling tools have come my way recently, at various presentations and conferences. This is an attempt at a short summary. There’s a lot going on in this field. Two recent sessions/ workshops on Processing, one by Nicola and Tim of Genetic Moo, the other by Rich Cochrane and Andrew McGettigan. Then a…

On platforms 2

Platforms 2 Yesterday I went to a workshop at LSE on ‘Digital Platforms’. This considered the theory behind social platforms such as Twiter and also the Apple apps store. Dr Kevin Boudreau spoke about the economics of app development and hosting on the Apple platform. His argument was that this platform provides a very low…

On platforms 1

On Platforms (part 1) A serendipitous two days: firstly the Google Cloud Next 17exhibition at Excel, and next a workshop at LSE on digital platforms. The Google event was lavish: the middle manager as rock star. (We got as high as a Senior Vice President). Free food, some comfortable chairs, sinister photographers lurking in the…