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.