Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
The value of craft after software sounds rampant sometimes, expressing the freedom of escaping repetitive taps and clicks to accomplish some assumed tasks. Mixing media, electricity, electronics, mechanics and inert objects Graham Dunning has realised a structured track/performance/open script in his “Mechanical Techno: Ghost in the Machine Music.” More than a proof of concept a machine music declination.
Isn’t ASCII Art a perfect form of “graffiti” in 2010s? The 8-bit aesthetics is among the strongest visual references connecting the analogue recent past with the omni-digital present, so why not adopt it to finally have some public art embedded in the present? In Varberg, Sweden, 2016, the GOTO80 crew (feat: Karin Andersson) did it, choosing (not by accident) the Mo Soul Amiga-font.
The relationship between Andy Warhol and personal computers (becoming quite popular during his last years) has been only partially investigated beyond his Amiga works. In November 2015, Sotheby’s sold his “Apple (from Ads)” (acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas) for 910.000 USD, and in catalogue’s notes Warhol tells about his meeting with Steve Jobs insisting to give him one and showing him how to draw (even if still in black and white): “we went into Sean [John Lennon’s son]’s bedroom–and there was a kid there setting up the Apple computer that Sean had gotten as a present, the Macintosh model. I said that once some man had been calling me a lot wanting to give me one, but that I’d never called him back or something, and then the kid looked up and said, ‘Yeah, that was me. I’m Steve Jobs.’ And he looked so young, like a college guy. And he told me that he would still send me one now. And then he gave me a lesson on drawing with it. It only comes in black and white now, but they’ll make it soon in color…I felt so old and out of it with this young whiz guy right there who helped invent it.”
Minority Report comes closer… Three huge screens at Birmingham New Street railway station are scanning passers-by and play advertisements accordingly. http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/new-street-station-advertising-screens-9920400
Carolyn L. Kane – Chromatic Algorithms: Synthetic Color, Computer Art, and Aesthetics after Code
University Of Chicago Press, ISBN-13: 978-0226002736, English, 328 pages, 2014, USA
Among the overlooked aspects of the “digitalisation of everything” is the perception of colours on screens, and how they are produced (or better, “performed”). In this thoroughgoing research project Carolyn L. Kane tracks the history and genealogy of synthetic colours and their algorithmic characteristics. Starting with classic color theories in philosophy, literature and science (Aristotle, Goethe, Newton), the work moves on to the dawn of electronically produced colours in early video art and the first experiments in electronically synthesised tones. Since then colours have been more and more embodied in machines, with universal coding in OS software and interfaces. The book looks at web 2.0 conventions as well as “retro web art” (as it’s defined) and there is an embracing of media determinism, seen through the lens of media archaeology, enriching the historical trajectories with theory that deeply affects the category of technical innovation. Moreover, the author defines “post-optic,” as the functional role colours have now, extending it to aesthetics (the Photoshop impact), to surveillance-related aspects (infrared, for example), to colours we can’t see in nature (ultraviolet) and to those we synthetically introduce in nature (synthetic fluorescent proteins used in bioart). Richly illustrated with plenty of valuable historical material, this book affects multiple disciplines but especially media art history, to which it contributes significantly.
Carolyn Kane, “Cool Pinks and Hot Blues: Bridging Genealogies of Warm–Cool Color”