OFFF in Barcelona was amazing, as was the Extend: Advanced Processing workshop
I did with Casey Reas, Ben Fry and Zach Lieberman. To be working shoulder to shoulder with them and some very talented workshop participants was very inspiring. Have a look at my new Code & form blog
for more information about the workshop.
The best part of festivals is always meeting people, and I'm very happy to have met such excellent people as Marcos Weskamp, Jonathan Harris, Craig Swann, Drew Trujillo, Erik Natzke and a slew of others for the first or second time. My thanks go to Jose Luis de Vicente in particular for being instrumental in setting this up.
Also new: An interview I did with Artifial.dk
which went online a week ago. As always, Kristine
are generous and right on target with their approach.
I have just put up more documentation of the new ElectroPlastique #2
piece, including a video and installation view from Club Transmediale.
In other exciting news, information has just gone live about the EXTEND: Advanced Procesing Workshop
I will be involved with in Barcelona for the OFFF festival next month. The workshop will be led by Casey Reas, Ben Fry, Zach Lieberman and myself, and will focus on advanced topics. Should be interesting.
I'm working on a projection for the AV.06 festival next week, and as an experiment I am Flickr'ing sketches as I work. So far I am fairly pleased with the systems I'm creating. See the Sketches set on Flickr
In some ways this project is revisiting my 3D graphics roots, see Particleanim
for reference, a piece that is nearly 10 years old). But now it's realtime 3D form, using Processing and OpenGL to create very efficient results with high framerates even in fullscreen mode. An interesting new direction.
(Note to self: Must finish EvolutionZone blog soon..)
Posted a hack on processinghacks.com about how to access del.icio.us with Processing
. Processinghacks is a great new site from Tom Carden and Karsten Schmidt, offering advanced tips for Processing users.
The Generator.x exhibition has opened in Stavanger. I have duly blogged
the event, which included a concert with local heroes QRT, HOH and NES, with visuals by Gisle Frøysland
06.01.05: More social networking tools, this time it's video: I've created an account on Vimeo to keep clips etc. Seems like the perfect complement to Flickr, there's even an integration from VImeo's side.
I've posted a call for participation
for a workshop Erich Berger and I will be teaching in Oslo in February. The workshop will teach artists to integrate software they've written themselves with physical computing platforms, using Arduino and Prcoessing.
Happy New Year. Xárene Eskandar has emailed to say that there's a site online for her VJ book: "'vE-"jA: 'The Art and Culture of Live Audio/Video"
. I wrote an essay on clip-based VJ'ing vs. a generative instrumental approach based on custom software instruments. The book should be out in April.
I've finally succumbed to the temptation of setting up a Flickr account
and putting some pictures of shows etc. up. So far there are photos from the Generator.x conference, Ars Electronica 2003, the Vattenfall media facade launch and a show in Iceland.
Oh, and I plan to turn Evolutionzone into a blog. Yes, even more distractions. Whee.
has listed my Abstracts
in their collection as part of their "unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks". In case you don't know it, the Visualcomplexity site documents many great visualization projects.
I'm honored to be in such excellent company, even if this seems to be a departure from most of what they usually post. My abstracts are purely visual abstractions, not visualizations. See the Visualcomplexity page for the Abstracts
05.11.18: Neon Organic will be shown at the FLUX event this evening at Club 11, Amsterdam. The club has a wonderful 6 screen projection setup, and I've produced a slightly modified version for panoramic projeciton. Look forward to seeing footage of this, thanks to Craig from Crash!Media for the invitation.
Last week System_C was shown in the MINE exhibition in the limestone caves of Thingbæk, Denmark. Thomas Petersen of artificial.dk has posted some pictures from the event.
posted some nice documentation of the Estrategias Generativas show on Transphormetic. Following his lead, I blogged it
on Generator.x today.
Still in Tenerife. The Estrategias Generativas show went well, between Paul
and myself we created a maxed-out visual space. My thanks to Miriam Durango, director of the Circulo Bellas Artes, as well as supporting staff Gilberto and Alicia for all help and hospitality. Other interesting Tenerifans include the guys at Elementhal
, their Eolica
festival looks great.
was updated to v.1.1 due to tinkering with it to present better in a single-screen form. Will put some documentation up next week.
Off to Tenerife, Spain to do a show at Circulo Bellas Artes, with Paul Prudence
. We've never met in person, but if his excellent blog is anything to go by we should have a fine time. Will be showing a slightly revamped version of System_C
and most probably Neon Organic.
This is a few weeks old, but I forgot to post it in the frenzy that was Generator.x: Thomas Petersen of Artificial.dk did an interview with me about generative art
, it's available for reading on their site. I have several upcoming shows in the next few weeks, locations including Tenerife, Oslo, and Aalborg.
The Generator.x event
is done. I'm tired, but relieved that for the most part it was a huge success.
Lots of things happening this month, last week I was in Helsinki and right now I'm in Bergen to present at the symposium "Hybrid Practices in Art & Design". Shows in Tenerife, Brussels and Denmark are coming up in the next few weeks.
The premiere of Neon Organic was last Saturday. I've uploaded some photographs
of it.displayed on the facade. Vattenfall, the company who commissioned it, decided to have the audience vote for their favorite between the 3 contributing artists. Neon Organic won, so now it will have the privilege of being displayed solo for 6 months, after which it will be shown in rotation with the two other pieces.
I'm of course flattered, but to be honest I think it's Vattenfall's loss to do it that way. The other pieces (one by Lia and one by Markus Lerner and Andre Stubbe) are really good, and ultimately they would complement each other.
Just posted a new multi-screen projection piece called Neon Organic
. It's for the facade of Vattenfall headquarters in Berlin. I worked on an animation for the same facade last year with Andreas Schlegel, there's some documentation
of that too.
05.06.15: The Generator.x blog is finally live. Generator.x is a conference and exhibition on generative art and design that I am organizing in Oslo, Norway. It's the biggest single project I've done for a long time, and hopefully will be an exciting event for the generative scene.
Confirmed speakers and artists include Casey Reas, Golan Levin, Lia, Martin Wattenberg, Sebastian Oschatz and many more. For a full breakdown, see the blog. For those of you who have been looking for an excuse to visit Norway, this would be a good one...
05.06.05: New work online: ElectroPlastique is a temporal composition for 4-screen projection, inspired by the work of Victor Vasarely and created for the Territoires Electroniques festival at the Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence. Thanks to the organizers Biomix and all the great people at the Dalbin visual music label.
The festival included some truly top-notch live visuals performers: Niko Stumpo, Pfadfinderei, Steffi & Steffi, Kinga and Francois Chalet. It was a pleasure to do a visual set with NYC house legend Francois K in such excellent company. Pictures from my set are here.
05.05.28: The exhibition Generative-x is part of the onedotzero9 festival at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, and focuses on artists and designers working with computational aestetics. The show features work by Daniel Brown, Casey Reas, Lia, Ben Fry, Golan Levin, Zach Lieberman, James Tindall, Ed Burton, Paul Brown and yours truly. I'm showing my GasWorks 1-3 piece .
05.05.23: The Prix Ars Electronica winners were announced today, and my Universal Digest Machine in the Net Vision category was given an honorary mention. More importantly, Processing won the Golden Nica in the same category. Congratulations to Ben and Casey for a well-deserved recognition of their hard work. The jury also awarded a special prize to the BitTorrent project.
05.05.19: New video visualizing a sound piece for the DVD compilation "Essays on Radio: Can I have two minutes of your time?" on the Cronica Electronica label.
05.04.23: Working hard on a couple of new projects, including one for the Nobel Peace Center. My Swedish buddy Peter Ström has moved to Amsterdam and has published a new blog with some truly excellent work. Must see: burnfield.com/peter/work/
05.04.19: Posted documentation of an illustration project I did for Nike Women Asia last year: Nike Women Aura Project.
In other exciting news, the long-awaited Processing Beta is now official, with OpenGL support and many new features. Download from the Processing web site.
"A book designed to help" is now out on Die Gestalten. One of my amoebaAbstract print pieces is included. Proceeds go to victims of the tsunami disaster in Asia. Get good design and karma points by buying it...
05.03.08: UPDATE: Pilgrim Visuals have apologized for the unlicensed use of my image on their web site. It was an external freelancer who had designed the graphic in question. You can read about the whole thing on the Pilgrim Forums in this thread.
Yesterday I discovered that the guys over at Pilgrim Visuals have been using one of my illustrations to promote their Pilgrim R2 VJ software. The original is here, the stolen version can be seen on their web site. They even had the nerve to use if for the startup image of their software, which inevitably becomes a branding of their product.
While appropriation of images is popular in the VJ scene, stealing from other artists is always beyond the pale. I have sent them an email asking for the removal of the graphic and a public apology. You can read more in this thread on their forum.
Electrohype 2004 finished last weekend, and System_C
has stopped running after completing over 300 images during the exhibition run. The piece will be shown at the Club Transmediale
8 February and again at the smaller version of Electrohype in Gothenburg 19 Feb - 17 Apr.
Next week I will be installing a new installation based on a web spider I am writing as we speak. It's a cliche I know, but it's really fun to write. And yes, it does obey robots.txt rules...
05.01.20: Sad news: Swedish media art curators Electrohype will have to shut down their activities due to lack of funding. Their application for support from Malmö Kommune has been turned down despite their prolific projects, often done on low budgets. It's a great irony that they have been turned right at the moment, when they have the very successful Electrohype 2000 show at Malmö Konsthall.
To support them, please visit this page.
I will give a presentation of my work
to the interface design students at FH Potsdam on Thursday. My friend and excellent designer Boris Müller
teaches the class and has invited me to ramble on a bit about generative strategies. And if you've never seen his Poetry on the Road
projects, you might as well see them now.
05.01.05: Quick-and-dirty Flash animation: 220 pixels. For the online art zine Localmotives.
Happy new year! It's back to work in AmoebaLand, my broken hand is healing and I have much to do. An appearance at Club Transmediale
is in the works, doing visuals for the first night with Lia
. Should be fun.
The guys from Atmosferas did a follow-up on my Processing workshop and asked the participants to do Christmas animations
. Some nice work there.