SKIES PAINTED UNNUMBERED SPARKS

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Janet Echelman creates interactive artworks that are breathtaking and inspiring, watch the TED talk by Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously.

Excerpt from Ted Blog:

These were some of the comments heard at TED2014 about Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks, a collaboration between sculptor Janet Echelman and data artist Aaron Koblin. This monumental sculpture stretched 745 feet, from the Vancouver Convention Centre where TED was held, over an open-air plaza on the edge of Vancouver Harbor and up to the top of the Fairmont Waterfront hotel. Every night while the temporary sculpture was installed, from March 15-22, 2014, dozens of people could be seen across the street setting up cameras and tripods to capture the glowing spectacle. Meanwhile, underneath the sculpture, even greater numbers of people gathered, most of them with their phones out. Using a phone, they could draw lines, squiggles, webs, and water drop rings onto the sculpture’s lush purples, blues, pinks and oranges.

Aaron Koblin: Visualizing ourselves … with crowd-sourced dataAaron Koblin: Visualizing ourselves … with crowd-sourced dataKoblin, of Google’s Data Arts Team, told us a little about how it worked.

“The lighting on the sculpture is actually a giant website,” Koblin says. “It’s one huge Google Chrome window spread across five HD projectors. The content is being rendered in WebGL. It uses Javascript and shaders to render particles and sprites based on user motion, which is transmitted from mobile browser to our rendering browser via websockets. There are a lot of moving pieces here, from the local area network to the server (written in Go), to the sound system (also running in Chrome with Web Audio API) all the way through the LED light control system, which pulls pixel data directly from the browser.”

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF MOUNTAINS

This is a short film about the processes by which mountains are created and eventually destroyed. It is based upon the work of British geographer L. Dudley Stamp, and was shot in Iceland.

Despite their great size and age, their lives pan out in much the same way that a living creature’s does: They have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and as such, the life of a mountain mimics our own — it is a life that carries the weight of being and anticipation of sadness that one day things will change.

The Weight of Mountains from Studiocanoe on Vimeo.

WISE WORDS

“So what I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas. and make sure that we own them, that we are truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough, not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of a journey, that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.”

~Alain De Botton, A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

INSPIRATION

“if you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, and music, you will automatically explode every morning like old faithful. I have never had a dry period in my life because I feed myself well.”
~Ray Bradburry

INSIDE THE ROBOT INTERNET

Roboearth is an internet for robots which enables robots to communicate and learn from one another. Part of me is excited by this notion and I whilst I wholeheartedly appreciate the benefits that all the bots have already contributed to our lives, part of me is increasingly fearsome of what may happen in the future!

Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve watched the entire Sarah Connor Chronicles, Terminator movies and way too many science fiction movies and TV shows. But handing over that much power to highly intelligent contraptions that lack human emotions kind of makes my brain boggle. Anyway, read this article & ponder…

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FACEBOOK PAPER

I’m really looking forward to playing around with the new app that Facebook have released ‘Paper’. In fact I would be using it right now if they allowed Australian users to download it! There are after all 9 millions users in Australia (40% of the population) who already use Facebook. I guess we are still a small piece of the pie when compared to the rest of the world. If you are at all interested in Facebook followers stats click here.

I do love this promo video that they’ve come up with…very nice, very emotive…

Introducing Paper from Facebook on Vimeo.

inFORM

This is pretty amazing… Created by a group at MIT the inFORM system allows you to move physical ‘pixels’ and objects from a remote location through kinetic motion. Imagine the possibilities…

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