Friday, 18 March 2011

lapse No.2

As a photo-based artist, I see myself as the link between two realities—the one outside
of the camera and the one that begins once the photograph has been taken. Rather than documenting or ‘capturing the moment,’ I want to show what is not immediately visible.

Sebastian Lemm

Flora Abstracts

Flora Abstracts: This project is aiming to explore an area where graphics and photography overlap.

This is part of an emerging body of work that is a departure from a more conventional photographic approach ignoring form and surface in preference for exploring colour and time. The intention is to abstract very traditional subject matter leaving subtle clues to it's origin.

Photographer: Giles Revell

Thursday, 17 March 2011

John Goto

There are some very interesting work by John Goto who using digital media in innovative ways - well worth exploring his site

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Photography Department Website

We are trialing a website for the department - feedback appreciated!

Find it here

Monday, 14 March 2011

Digital Planet

There are some great articles broadcast on the BBC Digital Planet

My Digital Life

Ten years ago there was no Facebook or Twitter. Fifteen years ago broadband access to the internet in your home was an unimaginable luxury. Just twenty years ago you still had to buy your books, music and feature films from a high street shop. The digital revolution might still be young, but it has arguably brought about the biggest change in our lifestyles in the last two hundred years.

Where did it all begin? How does it work? Where is it going? These are just some of the questions you could ask.

Consider the following:
  • the ownership of data
  • how the World Wide Web works
  • the privacy and security of personal data
  • online identity in virtual worlds
  • how online businesses survive (or not)
  • and many more aspects of living in the digital world of today
An extract from the OU course 'My Digital Life' that may pose some useful questions.

Scan Barcodes Easily with your Phone

barcoo links products in stores with independent consumer information. Your mobile becomes a barcode scanner and shows you everything you need. For free!

Who is watching you on CCTV?

The UK is one of the heaviest users of CCTV in the world but for many shops, there is nobody to monitor the cameras so internet users are being invited to help in return for cash prizes. View article by Peter Price BBC Click

For £13 a year, subscribers can become part-time crime fighters. "We receive live feeds from CCTV cameras from shop owners ... images are then made available, over the Internet, to you and to other registered users (Viewers)" Internet Eyes

Can libraries survive in a digital world?

Can libraries survive in a digital world? View the film here

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Google Docs as a live wiki

This was a recording of a projection where students collaborated in a shared blank google doc and added their research to a timeline regarding mydigitalworld and technology/websites that have developed over time.

Saturday, 5 March 2011


Check out: who created the above and for more interesting projects.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Typeface film


Inc (Independent Northern Creative) in association with L&K Creative are very proud to present 'Typeface - the film' in Yorkshire, for the first time.

'Typeface' shows the reality of the digital age as it challenges master craftsmen in their environment, this film opens up a very real life portrayal of the effects, changes and fight for survival in an age of throw-away creativity.

From the onset, it clearly shows a passion for creative skills, showcasing a place where international artists and retired craftsmen remain true to their heritage, but for how long and what can be lost? The historical and contemporary approaches in rural and urban America, combined with passion and logic makes for a fascinating film.

  • Doors open 6.30pm for 7.15pm showing
  • Globe Quay, Leeds, LS11 5QG (a stones thorw away from the Round Foundry)
  • Tickets: £5 on the door (limited availability) or book early at
  • Supported by Team Impression & Fedrigoni

Monday, 21 February 2011

Digital Words

Voice art-

'We offer a way to visualize our words and emotions in a permanent work of art so that it may act as a continuous reminder to us and to others of what is important. Our developed technique offers you the ability to capture your specific voice or any significant audible moment from your life. '

Voice art-

Google Art Project Trolley

'The version of Street View technology used in the galleries involved an extremely high tech and rather silly-looking trolley. It was to be pushed around the rooms at a particular speed and on a peculiar route, and seemed to me to be a marvellous combination of garden-shed and cutting-edge.

Battery being changed on Google Art Project Museum View trolley

Battery change. At 23 kilos each they were not fun to carry around

The trolley was not simple. It had lasers and cameras and GPS and all sorts. You could not stand in its view, for fear of being captured. Yet it could see you, left right, up down, back and forth and everywhere in between. So it must be operated by a squirrel (a trained man with a perfectly shaped back) who hides in its visual wake and guides it through the rooms.

Close up of equipment on Google Art Project Museum View trolley

Then you have to be completely out of sight. Which is interesting when you are trying to oversee the logistics of the operation. And in an empty museum at 2am you begin to think that this rule of not seeing what is going on provides perfect cover for some daring and complex ploy to steal a masterpiece. And that must be what the lasers and cameras and GPS are for.'

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Chris Cuellar

Chris uses digital technology in innovative ways, often interactive, he presents questions about our digital world. Visit his Website

KIT Collaboration

KIT is a fluxing collaboration of artists, architects, programmers and writers.

Jen Southern

Jen Southern's individual practice is process based and participatory, exploring art practice as a social process.


Comob is a digital arts project that explores the potential for collaborative mapping with GPS technology. Comob was developed as a research tool to explore social and spatial relationships between people in motion.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Duo PC / Touch Screen

Great innovation to combine the two.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Digital Exploration Centre


Simon Poulter

An outcome from one of his many art projects, Simon Poulter explores the many ways we use and are affected by new technologies.

Formatl: Mapping Derby


FORMAT wants your help to map Derby through photos, thoughts and memories. QUAD artists working with the public, will be creating a growing photo map installation of Derby City Centre, you are invited to take part through workshops and drop in sessions.


Look out for the QR code photo points across the city, inter-linking with MAPPING DERBY and MOB FORMAT, this is your opportunity to photograph Derby city 'Right Here, Right Now'.

Michael Wolf

Michael Wolf has spent a sizable amount of time studying the dense conurbation that is Hong Kong. In his recent projects he uses Google Street View to capture everyday scenes, events and activities. In his study 'F**k you' (image above) he has explored the way some have reacted to the street camera as it makes a visual record.

Note: Michael is showing at this years FORMAT photo festival.

Michael Wolf

Friday, 4 February 2011

Smart Phones | Creative Apps

Here is a comprehensive mind map of creativity and brainstorming apps for the Apple iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Mobile devices. It includes tools for brainstorming new ideas, recording them and mind mapping apps.

A great concept map (mind map) of creative apps for your smart phone. Image capture in bottom left might be useful.

Monday, 31 January 2011

My Fry App

I love this app from Stefanie Posavec and Dare Digital. She is to be featured in Visualisation Magazine Vol 4 Handmade with her equally beautiful Literary Organisms work.

These projects are great as they examine the accessibility of information and try to make complex narratives of words easier to read by opening up the multi-linear reading of data, see blu-comic or typographic nuance. Giving it a new pattern which is just as brilliant achieved in this app, what apps i think should be made for: easier to access information, but also she & dare digital bring with it beauty in form too.

From Stefanie's site:

'MyFry is the iPhone app edition of The Fry Chronicles, Stephen Fry's latest autobiography.

This project was initiated by Jeremy Ettinghausen at Penguin. I designed the 'visual index' graphics, and Dare Digital made it interactive and created everything else (ie the most important parts).

This iPhone app functions as a 'visual index' of key theme tags within the book, all of which have been divided into 4 major groups: People, Subjects, Emotions, and 'Fryisms'.

The entirety of the book is represented by a circular wheel of 'spines', each of which represents a section of text. The arcs around the outside of the wheel connect sections that are tagged with the same theme.

Through interacting with the scroll wheel, the user can explore the text and read sections in chronological order, by theme, or in any order he or she chooses. As Stephen Fry's autobiography was written in a style that was suited to splitting the text into separate moments in Fry's life, the visual index offers the reader a different way of engaging with this book.'

Really would love websites to take on this persona, of multi linear reading, interactive, where information is represented as a node, see concept map.

MyFry in the iTunes store

Video: Stephen Fry explaining how the app works

Stephen Fry's website Dare Digital

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Nam June Paik

Video artist, performance artist, composer and visionary: Nam June Paik (1932-2006) was one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century. Tate Liverpool, in collaboration with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) present the first major retrospective since the artist’s death, and the first exhibition of Paik’s work in the UK since 1988.

Visit: Tate Liverpool

Friday, 28 January 2011


Record and publish an image a day at BlipPhoto

Future Everything

FutureEverything is an art, technology and social innovation organisation that runs year-round innovation labs and an annual festival of art, music and ideas - bringing the future into the present.

FutureEverything continues to offer a pioneering approach to contemporary art and the digital world. It features inspirational approaches to visualising data, urban interventions by leading figures in visual culture, and light sculptures toying with architectural form.

Showing 11 - 14 May in Manchester Visit -

Monday, 24 January 2011

SixthSense - Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry

Computer anywhere using wireless internet, phone and a projector. play about halfway through to see it in action.

A Brief History of Communication by Kristofer Strom

Saw it and thought I do like the sketched animation look. always draws my attention. A Brief History of Communication, the new ad for The Carphone Warehouse, is a charming stop motion animation by Kristofer Strom, the Swedish artist behind You Tube hit Minilogue (equally as creatively brilliant).

There is a wonderful sequence of the development of the phone from the circular dial, to seperate buttons and then a quaint cultural script of the old 'brick' mobile phones. Then its decrease in size sequenced wonderfully in a clockwise twist from phone, to Ipod/Mp3, to mouse (with quirky/surreal ear phones as its wire) & to RSS symbol (blogging/feeds).

Still with more shifting directions/perspectives it continues fast and sharp until back to mobile with GPS mapping technology into a laptop finishing with the future technology of flying engine subtly anchoring that Chitty Bang Bang idea of flying automobiles.

If it was stop motion, there must have been a thousand photos, but it was worth every last one.

Facebook Map

Paul Butler mined through some of the data held by the social networking firm on its 500m members.

The map above is the result of his attempts to visualise where people live relative to their Facebook friends. Each line connects cities with pairs of friends. The brighter the line, the more friends between those cities. After tweaking the graphic and data set it produced a "surprisingly detailed map of the world," he said in a blog post.

"Not only were continents visible, certain international borders were apparent as well," he wrote."What really struck me, though, was knowing that the lines didn't represent coasts or rivers or political borders, but real human relationships.

"However, large chunks of the world are missing, such as China and central Africa, which is the maps strength as it highlights the political influence in those countries/continents as Facebook, as too Google, have struggled to function there with rules and as so have a small presence.

Laurie Anderson - O Superman

Electronic synphociser, light, answering machine messages. You know the typical mobile phone message alert tone is sms in morse code.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

My Bag | My Flow Chart

To start this blog we thought we'd share some ways that people have visualised their digital world. They might not have set out in the intention of capturing, photographing, documenting their digital world, but it still intriguing what aspects they capture and how it relates to their digital world.

Below is from the site, are probably many more sites like this).

Interestingly this person did a further project (below) called 'My Digtial Life'.

from the site:

Two very interesting ways to visually represent my digital world.