Moon is an interactive installation piece created by Olafur Eliasson and Ai Weiwei. It invites viewers from around the globe to draw and explore a digital “Moonscape”. (Feinstein, 2014)
Eliasson and Weiwei’s work is focused around community and the link between the online and offline world. (Austen, 2013)
Over the course of its 4 years of existence, Moon grew from simple doodles and drawings, to collaborations & clusters of work, such as the “Moon Elisa”, where multiple users came together to recreate the classic Mona Lisa painting. (Cembalest, 2013)
“The moon is interesting because it’s a not yet habitable space so it’s a fantastic place to put your dreams.” – Olafur Eliasson, on Moon (Feinstein, 2014)
Library of Babel
By Jonathan Basile
The Library of Babel is a website based on Borge’s “The Library of Babel” (Borges, 2018); a theoretical piece about a library containing every possible string of letters. It is theorized that the books contain every word that has ever been said and will ever be said, translations of every book ever written, and the true story of everyone’s death. (Basile, 2018)
The actual workings of the Library of Babel are quite complex – using randomized characters with an algorithm complex enough to create the same block of text within the same place in the library every time it is viewed. When a search is made for a specific string within the library, the program works backwards to calculate its position based on the random seed that would produce that output. (Basile, 2018)
By Daniel Holden & Chris Kerr
Code Poetry is a collection of code-based pieces, each written in a different programming language with a different concept behind it. The collection was published into a book in 2016. (Holden and Kerr, 2018)
Some examples of the content of this book are as follows:
IRC (Markov Chain Poetry)
Markov chains are generated sequences based on probability. In this example, poetry is created by using strings generated from IRC logs. (Theorangeduck.com, 2018)
Similar: Create lyrics using markov chains
Water is a piece written in c++ that is styled in such a way to resemble rain clouds. When run, the code generates raindrops. (Holden and Kerr, 2018) Water is an interesting piece as it challenges the way we traditionally view and approach code.
Machine Learning Art
By William Anderson
Using Markov Chains and a collection of training images from the Bauhaus art movement, an artist was able to create new artworks in this iconic style. (Anderson, 2017)
Anderson, W. (2017). Using Machine Learning to Make Art – Magenta. [online] Magenta. Available at: https://magenta.as/using-machine-learning-to-make-art-84df7d3bb911 [Accessed 7 Feb. 2018].
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Austen, K. (2013). Drawing on a moon brings out people’s best and worst. [online] New Scientist. Available at: https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24702-drawing-on-a-moon-brings-out-peoples-best-and-worst/ [Accessed 30 Oct. 2017].
Basile, J. (2018). About. [online] Library of Babel. Available at: https://libraryofbabel.info/About.html [Accessed 6 Feb. 2018].
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Basile, J. (2018). Theory – Grains of Sand. [online] Library of Babel. Available at: https://libraryofbabel.info/theory4.html [Accessed 6 Feb. 2018].
Borges, J. (2018). The Library of Babel. [ebook] Available at: https://libraryofbabel.info/libraryofbabel.html [Accessed 6 Feb. 2018].
Designboom (2014). Moon close up. [image] Available at: https://www.designboom.com/art/ai-weiwei-olafur-eliasson-give-rise-to-moon-interactive-artwork-11-26-2013/ [Accessed 30 Oct. 2017].
Cembalest, R. (2013). How Ai Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson Got 35,000 People to Draw on the Moon | ARTnews. [online] ARTnews. Available at: http://www.artnews.com/2013/12/19/how-ai-weiwei-and-olafur-eliasson-got-35000-people-to-draw-on-the-moon/ [Accessed 30 Oct. 2017].
Feinstein, L. (2014). Make Your Mark On The Moon With Olafur Eliasson and Ai Weiwei. [online] Creators. Available at: https://creators.vice.com/en_uk/article/yp5zkj/make-your-mark-on-the-moon-with-olafur-eliasson-and-ai-weiwei [Accessed 30 Oct. 2017].
Holden, D. and Kerr, C. (2018). ./code –poetry. [online] Code-poetry.com. Available at: http://code-poetry.com/home [Accessed 6 Feb. 2018].
Holden, D. and Kerr, C. (2018). water.c. [online] Code-poetry.com. Available at: http://code-poetry.com/water [Accessed 6 Feb. 2018].
Holden, D. and Kerr, C. (2018). The code behind Water. [image] Available at: http://code-poetry.com/water [Accessed 6 Feb. 2018].
Theorangeduck.com. (2018). 17 Line Markov Chain. [online] Available at: http://theorangeduck.com/page/17-line-markov-chain [Accessed 6 Feb. 2018].