Next week, we have Luis Blackaller visiting us from USC and WemoLab. He will be talking about a couple three different awesome projects he has worked on at the intersection of art and social computing:
- The Tiny Icon Factory is a tool and gallery for the anonymous creation of black and white low resolution icons. With over 200,000 anonymous and uncensored contributions in under two years, The Tiny Icon Factory is an ongoing exploration of creative expression.
- PictureXS was an anonymous picture aggregator. It featured an embedded tracing tool, a self-regulated censorship system, and tags. Before it was turned off in January 2011, PictureXS had collected over 30,000 pictures, 1000 drawings and 500,000 tags, reporting activity from across the world.
- OpenStudio (2005 to 2008) was a pioneering experiment in creativity, collaboration & commerce. Participants created and sold artwork in an online marketplace using an embedded drawing tool and virtual currency.
Here’s what he said about his talk:
I will use the subject of art to explain what happened during the 20th century, and I will show how electronic and digital media played a key role shaping a new set of “Contemporary Art” principles. Furthermore, I will show how these principles find a perfect match in the digital medium itself, where objects are replaced by systems and processes, and contemplation is replaced by interaction and participation. Inspired by these principles, I will describe a series of software pieces that deal with issues of creativity, audience participation and cultural value. I will share some high-level insight based on the content produced by the users of these programs.
Luis Blackaller is a polymath, he holds a Mathematics degree, and has worked as a designer, artist and animator among academy award winners in films like Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel. He holds a MS from the MIT Media Lab, where he developed software to explore creative social systems and their relationship with artistic expression and communication. After graduating from MIT, Luis worked as a Producer and Creative Director for the Next Billion Network at the MIT Media Lab, where he designed and supervised the execution of alternative strategies of communication and promotion of research.
The talk is at 1:30 pm on Monday, August 12, 2013 at Microsoft Research’s Building 99 (room 1915). For more info, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.