Thursday, June 11, 2009


A virus is usually considered evil, chaos. But what happens when it's created in the name of art?
Conceived and compiled for the invitation to the 49th Venice Biennale, is both a work of art and a computer virus; the product of the joint work of two organizations: epidemiC and 0100101110101101.ORG, already known for other media hacks, often bordering with illegality.

The virus was the first computer virus ever written using the Python programming language, and luckily for anyone who's been infected, it only infects Python files and has been created to do no harm. The virus has even been simplified so that should you find yourself with the Biennale virus and want to get rid of it (I personally would feel privileged to have my PC graced with it's presence), the modifications caused by the virus are very easy to remove. CDs of the virus sell for 1,500 and are highly collectible, while the original virus is still wild within the series of tubes that make up the internet.

I wonder if anyone has gone out of their way to try and catch this virus...

Corby & Baily

Tom Corby and Gavin Baily are pair of Brittish artists who work with digital media.
I particularly like their work Cyclone.soc

The project maps textual conversation taken from the political and religious newsgroups to the isobars of a dynamic, interactive weather visualization of hurricanes - whose complex structures are used to visualize the conversational churn and eddies of the newsgroup conversations.

I like this work because the "contemporary phenomena" of "the polarized nature of debate" that occurs in certain online newsgroup forums is quite hilarious, and the fact that they've almost parodied the futility of it by mixing it with meteorology is even funnier.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Copyright Case Study

Case 1: George Harrison and The Chiffons

To me the structural and melodic elements of these two ditties is fairly similar, however they are not similar enough to be considered a direct copy. There are only 12 different notes you can use in western equal temperament, and all of the melodic and chordal combinations possible have already been done. This combined with the fact that they lyrics are completely different brings me to the conclusion that Harrison should be found not guilty.

Case 2:Terry Gillam and The Chair

This, to me, is blatant art theft. Just because Terry Gilliam took the drawing and recreated it in another medium doesn't make it a different work. Terry Gilliam obviously knew he was copying "Neomechanical Tower (Upper) Chamber" because he admitted that he'd reviewed a copy of the book containing the artwork. Therefore, I find him guilty.

Case 3:Kier Smith's Oh So Criminal

Oh So Criminal was intended as a response to the Australian Government's "Fair Use and Other Copyright Exceptions: An examination of fair use, fair dealing and other exceptions in the Digital Age" Issues Paper, provided in May 2005. It used popular culture and well known icons in a 'mashup' which blatantly and intentionally breached copyright. It's creator, Kier Smith, believes that some copyright infringements should be let go as "fair use" and that the laws currently in place need many exceptions before they can be considered fair.

Kier's work is undoubtedly a breach of copyright, however it would seem silly to charge since it is the entire point of his work.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bug - Byctiscus betulae

"Bug - Byctiscus betulae" by Lukjonis on

This work falls under the Attribution 2.0 Generic creative commons license.
I am free to share, copy and adapt this work as long as I attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse me or my use of the work). Link

Creative Commons

For my works on this blog I have chosen the following creative commons license.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 New Zealand License.

This licence is the most restrictive of our six main licences, allowing redistribution. This licence is often called the “free advertising” licence because it allows others to download your works and share them with others as long as they mention you and link back to you, but they cannot change them in any way or use them commercially.

I have also created a text module on my blog so that it is always displayed on the right.


This is a reasonably bad photo of my printmaking project. Rad.

Moving Image Presentation

Here is a short stop motion video created in movie maker. The song is 'Hovercraft' by a Hamilton band called Sora Shima. I edited the audio in audacity to shorten it and make it quickly fade out where I cut it off.

I think it kinda goes without saying, but the video didn't go as well as I wanted it to. Hopefully it shall suffice.

My Slideshow

I actually uploaded this to slideshare about a million years ago before the internet was even invented, though I never really got around to linking it to my blog until now...

I hope this works, because on my pc it just locks up and sh*ts itself.

Friday, May 8, 2009


Oh would you look at that? I have an online presence.

It lives HERE

It was created from scratch in Dreamweaver CS3. Images were processed using Photoshop CS3. I've kept it simple because fancy websites are annoying and take forever to load, also because it takes forever to muck around with stuff manually.

Look at the cute little favicon.

Creating An Online Presence

Sooo. I've been instructed to create an online presence.
3 ways of achieving this include:

-Creating another blog on a site such as blogger or wordpress dedicated to my work as an artist
-Through an online community like The Big Idea where I could share my art and network with other artists
-Creating a website from scratch like a real man.

Creating a website is a walk in the park, and creating another blog is a walk in the park with a guide dog, training wheels and water wings. So, to prevent looking like a total moron in public, I'm going for the website option.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Images saved in Digital Literacy thus far...

Below is my scanned image from week 4, and a version I digitally coloured using Photoshop CS3 at home.

And here are my 5 photos...

Above is a photo I took of the place I used to live in the Waikato. I opened it in photoshop and adjusted the curves and saturation before adding a border.

This is a photo taken in Rarotonga last year. The RAW image was processed and cropped in photoshop.

My friend's band playing at the Invercargill musos club. Once again the image was processed in CS3 from RAW.

A building near where I once lived in Invercargill. Curves and saturation were altered in photoshop. I also did a little bit of dodging and burning to bring out the sky.

Another shot of my old home in the Waikato. Processed in CS3.

Free Software

There is such thing in this world as Free Software. This software is able to be copied, redistributed, used and even altered without restriction. For it to truly be "Free Software" it must be released with it's source code (so that users may change and improve the software) and a notice granting users permission to use it in the ways described above.

This is not to be confused with Freeware, which is software that is released free of charge, but without the privilege of Open Source.

5 Software programmes that are free:
-Gimp (an image editor like Adobe Photoshop)
-Audacity (a wave editor like Adobe Audition)
-Debian (an operating system like Windows)
-Abi Word (a word processor like Microsoft Word)
-Pidgin (an instant messaging client like Windows Live Messenger)

Below I have embedded a brief video on it's beginnings.

Open Source Beginnings from Alix Fullerton on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Newsreader Feeds

Hello world. I am here to tell you about the blogs that I have added to my newsreader feeds today. Try not to fall asleep.

Art Knowledge News

This one's pretty straightforward. It's a good idea to stay in touch with what's happening in the world of art whilst studying art.

Drawn! The Illustration and Cartooning Blog

After sitting down and reading 'Wanted' by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones cover to cover, cartoon and comic book art has become somewhat of an influence for my current artwork. This blog keeps me in touch with this kind of drawing.


I added this blog because it covers a wide range of arts, spanning across music, journalism, theater, dance, etc. and I figured it would allow me to keep in touch with art forms other than visual. By reading this blog I can see the way in which my art relates to the rest of the art world.

The Digital Art Community -

Having been an amateur digital photographer for a couple of years now, I've spent a lot of time staring blankly at Photoshop. I get excited about HDR merging applications and Noise Reduction Plug-Ins, so in theory this blog should have me dancing about the room whenever Adobe announces a software upgrade.

Uploads from Gilad Benari

I've been watching this Israeli photographer for many years now, and his work never fails to amaze me. I still have a lot to learn from observing his work, and this blog allows me to follow it a little more closely.

So there you have it, world. Five blogs that I am now watching courtesy of Bloglines.
Now go away and do something meaningful with your life.