Posts Tagged ‘Digital Art’

Hot Digital Art: “Erased Duchamp” (Mark Roth, 2006)

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

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First, Leonardo DaVinci painted the Mona Lisa. Then Marcel Duchamp drew a mustache on a postcard reproduction of DaVinci’s most well known work and called it art (totally HOT). Now, Mark Roth has digitally removed the mustache from a JPG of Duchamp’s work so it looks like DaVinci’s Mona Lisa again! Conceptual art at its best. So simple. So HOT.

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09_Leonardo Da Vinci Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci - Mona Lisa (c. 1503–1506)

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Marcel Duchamp - L.H.O.O.Q.

Marcel Duchamp - L.H.O.O.Q. (1919)

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Mark Roth - Erased Duchamp (2006)

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The title Erased Duchamp also cleverly draws on (pun intended) Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning, in which Rauschenberg literally rubbed out a de Kooning drawing (how HOT is that?). Now, if you’re going to fuck with L.H.O.O.Q. you better get it right, cause this is like the Holy Grail of 20th century post-modern art. By erasing the mustache Roth does not “add” something, as Duchamp did. On the other hand, by removing the mustache he doesn’t really “subtract” anything either, as Rauschenberg did. By removing the mustache Roth both adds and subtracts simultaneously. His addition is a subtraction (by adding to Duchamp’s work he removes it entirely, leaving us with the Mona Lisa again). However, his subtraction is also an addition (by subtracting Duchamp, he adds Rauschenberg). Roth’s Erased Duchamp is HOT!

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Robert Rauschenberg Erased DeKooning

Robert Rauschenberg - Erased de Kooning (1953)

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HOTLINKS

Mark Roth Artist Blog: Tinsquo

More HOT Digital Painting

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Hot Internet Art: “FORM ART” (Alexei Shulgin, 1997)

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

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HOT interactive Net.art by Alexei Shulgin (an associate of Vuc Cosic). This work features an array of forms and buttons, all of which lead to more forms and buttons (one highlight for me was the excellent Gomputer Game). Click on any of the screencaps below to enter the world of FORM ART.

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Form (Index)

Form Art [Index]

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Form (Tank)

Form Art [Tank]

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Form (Gomputer Game)

Form Art [Gomputer Game]

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HOTLINKS

Alexei Shulgin Artist’s Website: Easylife.org

FORM ART Entrance

FORM ART: Gomputer Game

More HOT Web Art

More HOT Computer Game Art

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Hot Animated GIFs: “Stan Brakhage – Mothlight RECON” (Dick Whyte, 2010)

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

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HOT animated GIF project. As Dick Whyte writes, “Using internet search engines (Google, Alta Vista, etc.) I am attempting to reconstruct/reanimate the history of film and television as a series of animated GIFs.” SO HOT!

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Dick Whyte Artist Blog

RECON on Tumblr

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Hot Animated GIF: “Uu.Place” (Elna Frederick)

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

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Elna Fredrick’s “Places” series is HOT! Check out the small excerpt below from Uu. Place (a.k.a. Place 3, sourced from Today and Tomorrow). See the full version of Uu. Place here. HOT HOT HOT!

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Elna Frederick Uu. Place [excerpt]

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HOTLINKS

Elna Frederick Artist’s Website

More HOT Animated GIFs

More HOT Glitch Art

More Elna Frederick

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Hot Internet Art: “Updates From An Automated Beacon” (Thompson and Craighead, 2005)

Friday, January 29th, 2010

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An Automated Beacon by Thomson and Craighead is HOT! Rather than confuse you by trying to explain it myself, I thought it would be easier to simply quote Thompson and Craighead, who have already said it so elegantly; “At 00.00hrs on January 1st 2005 an automated beacon began broadcasting on the web… The beacon continuously relays selected live web searches as they are being made around the world, presenting them back in series and at regular intervals. The beacon has been instigated to act as a silent witness: a feedback loop providing a global snapshot of ourselves to ourselves in real-time.”  (read full document) Before continuing to read this short reflection on An Automated Beacon, I would suggest you visit the site and have a look first.

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..Automated Beacon (Thomson and Craighead)

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When I first read about the idea I was captivated. Excitedly I clicked the link, but when I arrived at the site I was unimpressed. On first viewing the design seemed flat and uninteresting. I wanted more. It seemed like another brilliant idea had gone to waste. However, as I started to watch the search phrases flicking past on the small gray bar these trivial thoughts floated away. After watching for just a minute or two I noticed patterns emerge – and these patterns seemed to reflect something of the world we lived in. Keywords related to pornography, for instance, are HOT. Taking a small sample (of about 100 search words) I found that 1 in 10 were porn related (the kinds of phrases I defined as pornographic were “teen gang bang,” “milf naked” and “youporn,” for instance, but not “sensual massage,” or “how to masturbate”).

As another experiment I tried keeping a record of the keywords. However, because the search phrases flick by so quickly (visit the automated beacon to see what I mean) it is impossible to keep an accurate record of every search item (unless I recorded myself saying them outloud, and then transcribed them later – actually, I may do this at some point). So, I would simply look at the beacon and write down the first thing that came up and when I was done writing it down I would look back at the beacon and write down the first thing that came up (and so on). This generated the following (semi) random list (spelling mistakes included):

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  • Youporn
  • 2010 grammey awards
  • annoying phone calls
  • google search
  • heart attack symptoms
  • moms get frisky
  • days of our lives
  • milfs in thongs
  • best online stock trade
  • california cheap bankruptcy
  • coat zippers
  • how old is ryan edwards?
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  • part time job search engines
  • massachusetts tax refunds
  • aerospace jobs
  • pictures of brittney spears
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  • job posting canada
  • capsule hotels
  • beverly hills bright smile
  • craigslist
  • iron man 2
  • banking debt mortgage loans
  • oren knight
  • formula 1 history
  • future verzion phones
  • used truck sales
  • algebra problem solver
  • hilton head beach and tennis
  • st louis car show
  • all inclusive vacation packages
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    4 of these search phrases I would classify as porn (porntube, mums get frisky, milfs in thongs and porntube lella). This is relatively consistent with the 1/10 ratio predicted above (particularly since the list is open at either end). Given this data we might also see that 1/2 of the searches related to porn are for naked images of hot mums (milf stands for “mum I’d like to fuck”). This raises a number of interesting questions. Also interesting is the ratio of search phrases which can be directly linked to the economic recession (either through loss of job, house or money). I would include “california cheap bankruptcy,” “part time job search engines,” “banking debt mortgage loans” as directly linked, and “job posting canada,” “aerospace jobs” and “best online stock trade” as indirectly linked to the recession. That gives us 6 out of 33 search phrases, meaning that about 1/7 searches are connected to jobs, homes and money. At this point I realised that the minimal, unadorned design of the site was HOT. Because the webpage is so functional the focus is placed entirely on the search terms. All the viewer needs to do is watch, the rest will unfold in time (that is, it draws on Bergsonian duration).

    This layer of An Animated Beacon speaks to an ideological perspective on the world, and for critical theorists it could provide a HOT source of data to analyse. For the psychoanalyst, for instance, the question of why mothers are currently popular in pornography is interesting, particularly from a post-Freudian point of view. In this way An Automated Beacon provides a unique source of data for critical theorists (a reversal of the classical theory/practice power dynamic). Often ideological critique requires us to wait in order to have data to analyse. For instance, in the years following 911 a number of extremely popular Hollywood films seemed to offer direct ideological meditations on this event. However, in order to analyse the resulting data (ie. what dominant ideas about 911 are being propagated at the mainstream level) the critical theorist needs to wait for the films to emerge from culture.

    I am not arguing that this process is flawed because of the delay, but simply that it is different from An Automated Beacon, in the sense that the beacon is closer to what we might call realtime. It gives critical theorists a random data generator for analysing the state of contemporary Western consciousness and language. As Julian Stallabrass writes, “Thomson and Craighead have recently launched a ‘beacon’ that captures text typed into search engines, forming an impromptu poetry, for online display and radio broadcast. Beacon uses only one found element; but it raises the question: how complex can such work become?”

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    HOTLINKS

    An Automated Beacon

    Thomson and Craighead Artist’s Wesbsite

    An Automated Beacon Exhibited

    Julian Stallabrass: Reasons to Hate Thomson and Craighead

    More HOT Web Art

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    Hot Animated GIF: Salvador Dali’s Cow!

    Sunday, January 31st, 2010

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    Walking Cow Animation

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    Okay, so Salvador Dali had nothing to do with this animated GIF, but I could imagine him being comfortable with its absurdity. Perhaps a better point of reference is Edward Lear? In the end, these connections are meaningless. I like this artwork because it is what it is: unpretentious, amusing and well crafted (in short, it’s HOT). I found it on Dinca (a blog which seems to largely be about experimental film and new media art) but there was no artist listed. If anyone knows who created this please let me know so that I can credit it appropriately.

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    HOTLINKS

    More HOT Animated GIFs

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    HOT Digital Video: “Womanizer” (Dick Whyte & Tao Wells, 2010)

    Monday, April 19th, 2010

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    HOT reinterpretation of Britney Spear’s Womanizer by Dick Whyte and Tao Wells, featuring Laura Shepard and Robyn E. Kenealy. Pop art HOTNESS!

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    HOTLINKS

    Dick Whyte Artist Blog

    Tao Wells Artist Blog

    More HOT Experimental Video

    More HOT Sound Art

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    HOT Found Art: “SEXY ASCII” (Paris Hilton’s MySpace Page, 2010)

    Saturday, April 24th, 2010

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    HOT LINKS

    Paris Hilton’s MySpace Page

    More ASCII Art

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    HOT Animated GIFs: “Three Frames”

    Saturday, May 8th, 2010

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    Three Frames is a HOT animated GIF art project. Take three consecutive frames from a Hollywood movie – make an animated GIF. One a day for the last three years and still going strong. Thanks to Claire Harris for bringing this to our attention.

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    HOT LINKS

    Three Frames Art Blog

    Photo is a Feeling Art Blog

    More HOT Animated GIFs

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    HOT Digital Abstractions: Andy Gilmore (2009/2010)

    Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

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    HOT LINKS

    Andy Gilmore Artist’s Website

    Andy Gilmore on Flickr

    More HOT Digital Painting

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