ART 2.0 A blog about ART - Specifically art that is made and resides in the cyber world.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

FACEBOOK: "The Modern-Day Railroad"

Fantastic article! It is about the ambition of Facebook. The social networking site has a desire to be a major part of the fabric of the web... a broker of web information in a way similar to, if not beyond, Google.

A Couple Implications on Art:

Most obviously, the simple action (they say it's simple) of adding the ability for viewers to "Like" your artwork. This is a plugin that you can add to your site so people who appreciate your art and have a facebook account can "Like" it and broadcast its existence to their entire friend network. This could work wonders for promoting your work.

Further... the introduction of a new and more accessible API will give plenty of exciting options to New Media artists.

UPDATE: Watch F8 Keynote speech here:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Future of Art Images is So Bright

The future of art images that cross over between the physical world and the digital and back again is so bright...

New tech coming to Google Goggles:

Google Buys A Startup That Can ID A Famous Painting From Its Photo

Read more:

People will be making art with this as soon as it is available (again). Google please give us a Goggles API soon.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Artist Paints Google (not digitally)

Watercolor paintings of Google Image Search.

See my own (digital) portrait of Google here

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Visual Artists Sue Google


I'll start off by saying that I understand the artist's sentiments... and I'm not a lawyer (nor anything close) but they probably deserve some money out of this... But this is the Internet World and artists are going to have to start coming to grips with the same issues other Old Media groups have been facing: The ease, and therefore frequency, with which digital content can be copied and shared (pirated?).


Let this be a wake up call to future artists: We play by a different set of rules in the Internet World, whether you like it or not. I believe that good artists will embrace this incredibly efficient new form of distribution (call it pirating if you like) and use it not only to augment the viewership of their work, but also to add to their work.

I'm not really offering solutions, but I sincerely believe they exist. Here are some thoughts to start with:

As for distributing freely on the internet and still making money, an example that I appreciate is what rappers are increasingly doing with their music: producing unofficial mixtapes that are intentionally released to the internet for free consumption. These mixtapes are basically original music without quite the polish of an official studio album. This provides free marketing and it ingratiates the artists with an audience that, believe it or not, recognizes that pirating is real. This audience in turn buys the artist's official album whenever it is released (though it is probably available somewhere to pirate) as a show of support for an artist that embraced them... instead of reviling them. Lil Wayne released several high-quality mixtapes prior to the release of his multi-platinum selling official "Tha Carter 3" album. I truly believe this effect bolstered the official album's success.

As for actually adding to the artwork itself, maybe the money lost to pirating can be offset by additional content created by the Internet... By that I mean understanding that Web 2.0 is based on harnessing user-generated content. The same audience that is consuming your artwork for free is also offering up content they've created for free. They post opinions, reviews, remixed images, locational data, networks of friends, youtube videos, tweets, and are often happy to provide you with content specific to your needs if you just ask them for it. Accept their trade and make work that uses that content.

Returning to the article, I don't think that Google believes they are "pirating" these artists' work... Google thinks they are doing these artists (and society at large) a favor. In the future, artists should recognize that if they understand Google's point of view, they can harness the power of the favor it is doing them.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Working With Line

I've been doing a lot of figure studies similar to this recently.