Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
This week we'll take a look at and, if you want, go into the virtual world Second Life to see the kinds of immersive, interactive virtual art that can be made and experienced there. Today, I'll give you an overview of SL and virtual subjectivity (which has been the main topic I've been exploring through machinima, virtual art, and writing), and tomorrow you'll have the opportunity to learn how to build a 3d sculpture in SL in a workshop session, and then we'll visit some art installations.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Starting in June 2010, DirecTV will premiere four channels dedicated to 3D programming. They will include ESPN 3D, a 3D-only channel called N3D, a 3D pay-per view channel, and a 3D DirecTV on Demand. ESPN 3D is a free upgrade for ESPN-subscribing DirecTV members, while the rest of the channels are free upgrades for all DirecTV subscribers.
Discovery Channel has also announced plans to launch a 3D channel in 2011, as a cooperation with IMAX and Sony.
The world's fascination with 3D stems from our want to have fiction be as realistic as possible, thus allowing us to believe it. The technology has been around for over 50 years and shows no signs of slowing, only growth.
The fact that two 3D movies were on the list of Best Picture nominations at the 2009 Academy Awards shows that it is becoming more and more mainstream to have 3D in our everyday life. Why wouldn't the next step be the screen in each of our homes?
In the future, I could likely see all channels broadcasting in 3D, as long as they find a technology to allow us not to wear those stupid looking glasses.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Ten questions to ask about a new technology:
1) What is its purpose?
2) What was its analog, if there was one? How does a mediated, digital, or networked version of the tool or technique change it?
3) Who uses it? How? When? Where? Why? Does the use change over time? Do different users use it differently?
4) How does a user learn how to use it?
5) Who makes it? Who profits? How?
6) How is it regulated?
7) How does it spread?
8) Does it create or fill a need?
9) What is the interface? Is it also an object? Or a practice? Both? (think cell phone)
10) How does the user change the technology as he or she uses it? (mods and hacks and appropriations) How does the technology change the user? How does it become part of a person's sense of self?
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The primary purpose of the community is to create, share, remix, explore, comment, rate and fave the artwork of its members. The purpose of the community is to create, share, explore, comment, rate the artwork of its members.
Sumo targets to expand Sumo offering to be one of the most popular web services and the leading creative brand of the next decade. as you can see above I used sumo paint to edit one of my own photos. the steps I used in the program to get the picture like this are really user friendly. heres a list of what I used: bump map, equalize colors, negative, perspective tiling, offset, add layer, paint bucket fill, brightness / contrast, add new layer, add lighting effects. I will explain how it all works on Monday. :)
Soundcloud.com is a website dedicated for Artists, Producers, Promoters, DJ's and Labels to receive, send and distribute music in an easy and legal way.
Signing up is free and very easy. Once a member you can upload your tracks to your personal page and make settings on how the world can hear your music. You can make it available for download or not, allow other members to make time lined comments on your music, upload a track image, write a description and add a genre.
Here is a picture of my page...
I get statistic info about how many people look at my page and how many times my music has been played. There is also a cool looking player that has the waveform of the music your listening to and others can make a comment right at the moment of the song they are commenting on.
I also get updated on new music from other artists I like and when I upload something new people will get a news feed style look at my latest work.
There is also a widget player that you can embed in your own personal site or on other blogs...
When uploading your new work you can chose how you would like to license it. You can reserve all rights or you can place it in creative commons and chose what others can do with your work.
This is a great way to share music with others privately by making new work only accessible to certain users. Since it is just a steaming player people never actually download the material to hear it making it legal and safe from normal piracy.
So go sign up at www.soundcloud.com
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Microsoft in collaboration with the University of Washington and the University of Toronto have begun spending some serious time and money developing muscle gesture technology for use with the Microsoft Surface (which is essentially a giant interactive touch screen.) This allows users of MS Surface to use variables such as pressure and gestures to fulfill different commands in the program. The technology also identifies which fingers are being used and will respond accordingly by assigning say different colors to each finger, allowing the user to finger paint a digital masterpiece.
Continuing development, Microsoft explored Forearm Electromyography (EMG) to take the physical interface out of the scenario. Although wired, Microsoft is currently looking into a wireless armband approach using EMG to track muscle movement where no physical device is present allowing one to unlock the trunk of a car while their hands are full. (For this and other examples of Microsoft's EMG technology, see the video below from 0:58-2:16.)
After further development, it isn't difficult to foresee this kind of hands-on technology becoming smaller, inconspicuous, and perhaps even fashionable to wear. It may even become universally compatible with most electronic devices. No one will ever have to worry about dropping their iPod or their cell phone again, as they can be left in your backpack with your books and lunch, and those precious touch screens won't be accidentally broken or cracked. However, even if they are, Skinput allows the functionality of those devices to remain... on your arm.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Project Natal is a new product that's about to come out by the end of this year (to be honest, that's what they said last year and I'm not sure they're on schedule for this year too...).
It is a new way to control your home game console (Xbox 360 only) without any remote control, or in another words, with you as a remote control.
As Spielberg described it "a technology that recognizes not only your thumbs and your wrists, but your entire being".
What he refers to by that is not only your entire body.
Microsoft also made a very impressive voice recognition system to work with that product as well.
The video recognition system they built not only recognizes movements on the screen, it is capable to analyze your body and to distinguish between hands and legs, and can recognize your face in comparison to other people on the screen and tell them apart and give them different avatar on the screen.
All of that is done by a very advanced face and body recognition software, 2 small cameras to be able to get 3d movement around the room and a special sensor that is able to map the room.
The software itself functions with a standard gesture control, that recognizes specific movements and translates them to software functions.
Does this look like a new and awesome technology?
And how about this game?
Unfortunately for Microsoft, the second image is from a game almost ten years old, made by sony for PS2 with EyeToy.
EyeToy is another product with video recognition ability.
True, it is not as sophisticated as what Microsoft is working on, but MS are obviously not the pioneers in that field.
In fact, ever since webcams became commercial, in 1991, games using motion sensors started popping up. for example bouncing a ball on the screen, or wiping a screen from "dirt".
So Microsoft are doing the same (and still genius) trick, of taking several technologies already created, and combining them together into one awesome product. (that's how MS-DOS and the first Windows came out, and the feature of multi-tasking).
I have several future predictions, for the near and far future.
First thing, it is true that the controller is limiting our control over the game console.
but, as the thumbs bother us to go above and beyond our imagination, our body also does none the less. especially for people who are not in shape and have absolutely no aspiration for it (which makes too much of earths population\gamer population to me).
As we speak, Emotiv is working on the development of a mind reader controller that works with brain waves.
As the progress of this company goes, it seems the product is still far from fully functional (but it definitely looks cool!!).
And for the even more distant future -
not very original, I know, and very star-trek geeky of me to post that picture, but it still makes me wonder how it would be to get into a dark room, and to command it to start, and then suddenly I'm in the desert with sand at my feet.
looking around I see nothing but sand, the warm sun camels with their owners wondering around in the distance ----- and the metallic door from which I came in from... :)
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
73 x 91.7 cm (28 3/4 x 36 1/8 in.)
Oil on canvas
Van Gogh worked on this oil painting while at a asylum in the southern French town of Saint-Rémy.
This was the mountain ravine view near the asylum.
Whats interesting about this painting is there is another painting under the Ravine. It is speculated that Van Gogh had run out of canvas while waiting on a supply from his brother who was supplying his painting materials at the time. Van Goghs's use of shape, color, and brush strokes are a good example of Impressionism.
the drawing that corresponds
to the hidden painting.
X-ray of Ravine,
revealing a different
Monday, February 15, 2010
This one of a series of paintings Monet did of the Rouen Cathedral in Rouen, France. Monet painted many different versions of the Facade due to his obsession with how light affected the object at different points of the day.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
King Menkaure (Mycerinus) and queen
Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Menkaure, 2490–2472 B.C.
Findspot: Giza, Egypt
Overall: 142.2 x 57.1 x 55.2 cm, 676.8 kg (56 x 22 1/2 x 21 3/4 in., 1492.1 lb.)
Block (Wooden skirts and two top): 53.3 x 180 x 179.7 cm (21 x 70 7/8 x 70 3/4 in.)
This sculpture signifies the ideal form of a man and a woman. When looking at this work of art the woman seems to be conveyed as being the strong individual this man ideal man needs. Her arms are holding him in place. That can be thought as maybe she does not want him to leave her or possible aggressiveness towards him. The male figure has his left leg bending in a stance. This can be viewed as he is protecting his woman or he is letting her know he leads there relationship and she follows. He is the dominant figure in that relationship. As they gaze out into emptiness I feel they are seeing what life would be like to be together for eternity.
Both figures do have similar resemblance. They both have the same face structure except the man has a nemes and her hair is pulled back of her ears. He has very proud shoulders showing his strength and she is reserved with her hand placed on his forearm. This sculpture is a great representation of what the royal Egyptians looked like.
Monday, February 8, 2010
This is Joseph Mallord William Turner's Slave Ship (Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On). It was created in 1840.
I was first drawn to this picture because the colors in it are very vivid and stood out to me. The painting is a prime example of modernist art. The painting is clearly depicting a recognizable mountain landscape, but the artist has infused his own style and mental perspective into the work. Kirchner's landscapes are an idealized image of the beauty surrounding him. he found refuge in the mountains, and painted them as the beautiful sanctuary they represented to him. What I found interesting was that when you look closely at the painting, he did use the color black at all. Even at the darkest points of the painting, such as the houses and the standing figure's hair and body, he uses a deep blue rather than black. Also, he paints the tree trunks in a pinkish-purple hue, as opposed to the brown of the trees that occur in nature. This again plays into his idealistic view of the mountains, that brought him peace of mind and a comfort he craves.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Although this painting by Austrian expressionist painter, Oskar Kokoschka,
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
This work is one of my favorites because it leaves the viewer with more questions after seeing it then it answers. What is it's subject? What is this piece telling me?
While looking at this work I was thinking about McCloud's idea of Realism to Abstraction and this work falls heavily on the Abstraction side. There are no elements in the work that resemble anything of the world outside of this painting. Another thing that is not as apparent in the image above is the amount of thick layers of manipulated paint there are on this surface. The most interesting part about looking at this painting for me was getting up close to see the textures and different tones and colors buried under the surface and in the separations between sections of color.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Painting: Antibes, The Pink Cloud (1916)
Artist: Paul Signac
This was one of the many paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts that really caught my attention. Considered to be stylistically post-impressionism, this French artist draws the viewer in through an interesting use of brushstrokes to create an almost perfect balance between resemblance and abstraction. I first noticed the hundreds of small rectangular brushstrokes used to "thatch" together an image that is certainly distinguishable. A sail boat sits on a lake rendered unimportant by the very large pink cloud looming over what could be mountains in the background.
It's extremely important to note the use of color in the painting. At first glance, one might say that this is a fairly simple painting, and it is until you really study the complex relationship of colors. Each individual brushstroke plays an import role in shaping how the viewer perceives the image. The cloud is indeed pink (notice how it is carefully reflected by the lake and the distortion of the sail boat's own reflection in the water), but it is also many different shades of red, yellow, and orange. This could mean that the scene is set during a sunrise, making it a very peaceful and relaxed painting. However, the same use of color creates an interesting juxtaposition as the cloud appears to be emerging from the surface and not hanging from the sky. One could argue that the cloud is the result of some sort of explosion. Signac painted this in the year of 1916, two years after the start of World War I; on January 29th of that same year, Paris was bombed by German zeppelins. Perhaps this was the inspiration behind the painting and Signac was attempting to convey the delicate balance between life and death... beauty and disaster.
Today we have class at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. We'll take my superfast sprint through Western art history, using some of the concepts to which Scott McCloud has introduced us. And see with our own eyes some of the paintings that we have been analyzing through digitized projections in our classroom. Exciting all around.