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Well this was a discovery made through a music video of all things. Every now and then (and this is true of tv ads as well), you see something that sticks with you and you want to investigate further. The video is ‘Tonto’ made for the largely instrumental group Battles by a British based collective United Visual Artists.. They seem to be concerned with modifying space and light through installations and live performance. This includes many different disciplines such as architecture, fine art, engineering, graphic and communication design. I’m guessing that many European music and art festivals feature their work.


The video is an LED installation synchronized with the audio to create a multimedia experience which wouldn’t look out of place on the set of ‘2001, A Space Odyssey’.  The installation functions as a light symphony and I think it complements the music so perfectly, one hopes it gets used on tour. The alien/ lunar landscape is actually an old Welsh slate mine.


Obviously, I could have included other examples of UVA’s work, but this is a good place to start discovering the rest of the portfolio for those who are interested.


The website is here:


The making of the ‘Tonto’ video can be viewed here and is highly recomended if you want to see the creative process of the collective:


Aspiring writers, animators, designers, film-makers and photographers can register with Eyeka and share their creations online and even win prizes. Check it out and join up if you like what you see.

The official blurb:

Since 2001, OFFF festival has been held in Barcelona, becoming the globally recognized and trendsetting event it is today. The three-day festival showcases top digital artists, web, print and interactive designers, motion graphics studios, and new music adventurous. OFFF festival provides insight into all culture media platforms.

But OFFF is more than an event about any of these disciplines. More than a design conference, a multimedia trade fair, or a digital animation festival. OFFF is an enthusiastic celebration of a new visual culture.

OFFF is spreading the work of a generation of creators that are breaking all kind of limits. Those separating the commercial arena from the worlds of art and design; music from illustration, or ink and chalk from pixels. Artists that have grown with the web and receive inspiration from digital tools, even when their canvas is not the screen.

OFFF dreams about the future, and then writes the code for it.

Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Would love to visit or even better, take part in this some day..


77 milliom paintings

Below is a short clip in which Eno talks about the idea of generative media which offers an atmosphere but can also endlessly generate itself in endless combinations. This idea can be taken into interactive sculpture, shop windows, digital paintings and media devices which would gain their own personality. It will remove the idea of black boxes occupying our walls or tables. In this respect, Eno is somewhat of a “cultural designer”, able to dissect and merge different media (audio, visual,etc) to create new environments and ways of interacting…

More than 300 Eno paintings were scanned and retouched for “77 Million Paintings” using Adobe Photoshop and a Mac. In its final iteration, the software (created with Macromedia Director) displays from one to four images on the screen simultaneously. Some of the paintings are strictly background JPEGS; the rest are translucent PNG files that fade in and out above them.

‘I was walking home from my studio one evening in London’s fashionable Notting Hill, and I looked in a window and there was a dinner party going on, 12 people at the table, and on the wall was a huge plasma screen that big, and black of course, there’s nothing you can show. You’re not going to have the news showing or the television. And I thought, “That should be a painting there.” So, that was the first intention – was to make something that would occupy that new cultural space. Just like music for airports, you know, this was occupying a new cultural space. And so here’s a space, why aren’t we artists making use of it? I mean, this is very obviously connected with some of the music I’ve been doing, which is intended to install into a house or into a space, and create an atmosphere there. So, I think of these things really as visual music. So, the first intention was to make something that would become a slowly changing painting in your room, so you wouldn’t have to watch television any longer. Which of course is the aim of most of my work – to persuade people there’s something else they can do with their screens.’

A conventional artist cranking out five paintings a day would need about 42,000 years to make 77 million paintings! Future developments include the ability of the user to “bookmark” favourite images in order to eliminate certain combinations….

Larry Lessig: how creativity is being strangled by the law..

I found this clip during my instructional design research, it makes some interesting points in terms of education, creativity and copyright law. The speaker here is able to draw connections across the historical spectrum when trying to explain how the companies which seek to control content are at increasing odds with the participants of the new digital culture.



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