Archive for August, 2010

HOT Abstract Film: “Abstract Composition #43″ (Rick Jensen, 2010)

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

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HOT abstract films by Rick Jensen. Jensen is an experimental photographer and musician, who has recently started making films combining his love of abstract photography and sound. HOT HOT HOT.

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HOTLINKS

Rick Jensen YouTube Channel

Rick Jensen MySpace Page

More HOT Experimental Film

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HOT Glitch Art: “GLITCH” (Ant Scott, 2001-2005)

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

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HOT glitch art from one of the earliest artists to embrace ‘digital compression artifacts’ as a visual aesthetic. These four works come from a collection of twenty-five images which ”represent the best of my “pure glitch” phase. The images, which at first might appear bewildering, were created from computer crashes, software errors, hacked games, and megabytes of raw data turned into coloured pixels.” He also co-wrote Glitch: Designing Imperfection with Iman Moradi, one of the first books dedicated to glitch art and aesthetics. HOT!

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HOTLINKS

Ant Scott Artist Website

Interview with Ant Scott

Ant Scott & Iman Moradi Interview

More HOT Glitch Art

More HOT Digital Painting

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HOT Animated GIFs: “Abstract 8, Series 2″ & “Abstract 3, Series 2″ (Draw, 2010)

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

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HOT animated GIFs by comic artist Draw. These works, both in their comic and animated form, suggest a complex meditation on the nature of perception, in relation to the visible and invisible. We also highly recommend checking out his artist website Drawing Silence, featuring both narrative and non-narrative comics, as well as a great collection of abstract animations. HOT!

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HOTLINKS

Draw Artist Blog: Drawing Silence

More HOT Animated GIFs

More HOT Comics

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HOT Glitch Film: “ATARI 2000 REMIXES” (Tasman Richardson, 2007)

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

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HOT video glitch art by Tasman Richardson. Richardson calls these works “Jawa style video,” as outlined in the Jawa manifesto. Richardson writes, “The term “Jawa” stems from the Star Wars mythology of George Lucas. The Jawa were the scavengers of the desert planet Tatooine. They lived by stealing and re-wiring old technology for personal use and for profit… Jawa began as a violent reaction to the misuse of video as a literal, narrative, identity focussed and time-based medium. Fast, rhythmic edits of sex and violence, both catered to and encouraged the dissipation of the attention span of its audience. Today, jawa video seeks to transform and re-contextualise mainstream media.” FUCKING HOT!

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HOTLINKS

Tasman Richardson YouTube Channel

Tasman Richardson Artist Website

Jawa Manifesto by Tasman Richardson

More HOT Glitch Art

More HOT Experimental Film

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HOT Sound Art: “Emily Howell” (David Cope, 1980-2011)

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

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HOT music created by the computer program Emily Howell. As Chris Wilson writes, “Ms. Howell’s ancestry dates back to 1980, when Cope — by then a successful human composer — hit a brick wall while trying to write an opera. Cope, a genuine polymath with an aptitude for computers, had been playing music his entire life and was respected among modern composers, but around his 40th birthday his ideas started to dry up. In desperation, he wrote a computer program to generate random melodies and musical ideas.” Supposedly the first results were “unlistenable” (I’d love to hear them) and this caused Cope to rethink his approach. “We don’t start with a blank slate,” Cope says, “In fact, what we do in our brains is take all the music we’ve heard in our life, segregate out what we don’t like, and try to replicate [what we do like] while making it our own.” (read more)

This resulted in the creation of his first virtual composer “Emmy” (EMI: Experiments in Musical Intelligence). 30 years later Cope has finally unveiled his second virtual composer Emily Howell, whose first album From Darkness, Light was released earlier this year. Unfortunately most of the discussion around Emily’s music takes one of two positions: 1) it is as good as human composition (surprising!) or 2) it is clearly the work of a computer (soulless!). However, these questions do not interest me. What interests me is how it sounds, irrespective of our mechanical-human prejudice. And I am here to say Emily’s music sounds HOT!

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“If only Beethoven or Chopin could explain their methods as clearly as David Cope. So when Cope’s program writes a delightful turn of musical phrase, who is the artist: the composer being emulated, Cope’s software, or David Cope himself? Cope offers keen philosophical insights into this question, one that will become increasingly compelling over time. He also provides us with brilliant and unique insights into the intricate structure of humankind’s most universal artform.” (Raymond Kurzweil)

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HOTLINKS

David Cope Artist Website

Free Downloads: Experiments in Musical Intelligence

Triumph of the Cyborg Composer by Ryan Blitstein

More HOT Sound Art

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HOT Digital Theory: “Escape the Overcode: Activist Art in the Control Society” (Brian Holmes, 2010)

Monday, August 30th, 2010

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HOT digital theory by Brian Holmes. Holmes’ Escape the Overcode: Activist Art in the Control Society is an exploration of affectivist and activist aesthetics in the twenty-first century, heavily influenced by Deleuze and Guattari. HOT HOT HOT!

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“Let’s go straight to the point. How does art become subversive of the social order? How does it undermine normal, legitimate, accepted patterns of behavior, and how does it open up possibilities for the transformation of everyday life? What can subversive art accomplish in the political arena? And what are its limits, how can it exceed them in the future?” (Brian Holmes, Recapturing Subversion)

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HOTLINKS

Escape the Overcode

Deterritorialization

More HOT Animated GIFs

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