Sunday, 31 July 2011


Waterfall with added visual effects. I used three sound tracks: the original sound track of the water which I made a copy of this and then stretched the sound and added some other effects to this for track two. I also did the same for track three but only stretching the sound quite a bit more than in the previous track.

I feel that the overall effect of this video expresses quite an intense and scary atmosphere.

Info from Wiki:
Pistyll Rhaeadr is formed by the Afon Disgynfa's falling, in three stages, over a 240-foot (73 m)[1] Silurian cliff-face, after which the river is known as the Afon Rhaeadr. The tallest stage is estimated at about 40 metres.[2] It is counted as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. 

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Research Paper Question

This week I've mainly been thinking about the question of my research paper.  I had a crit about this with the group a little while ago and since this time it has been bugging me. Finally today I got to the nitty gritty of what I want to explore in this paper. Here's my question:

Generative Art:  Process or Message?
Exploring why artists Joseph Nechvatal, Philip Galanter, Shardcore and Sam Hewitt employ generative systems?

For this paper I want to research why these artists use the process know as generative art? I will argue  that generative art is not just a process for the making of art. There is a reason why most artists employ this method and I think that this process is connected to the message within their art. 

I will only be researching these three artists. Two of them have agreed to be interviewed already so that's cool. I haven't asked Joseph Nechvatal yet but I'm sure he won't mind. Positive thinking there :-)

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Fabrica: Cascade by Stephane Cauchy

Cascade is a kinetic sculpture in which nine buckets, interconnected by a pulley system, are suspended from the roof above a large pool. Water is pumped into each bucket until, at a critical point, it tips and empties, releasing its contents into the pool below.

The flow of water – from pool to pipe, to bucket and back to the pool – creates a perpetual cycle of filling and emptying. The buckets rise and fall in cascading rhythms like bells rung in a series of changes or a string of buoys set adrift on a choppy swell.

St├ęphane Cauchy is an installation artist based in Lille, France and he uses simple mechanical devices that often take the form of improbable laboratory experiments. He aims to give physical form to the dialogue between science and philosophy and to represent the ways in which we seek to understand the world and our place in it.

In highlighting the symbolism, dynamic movement and material change in everyday occurrences, he produces a poetic parallel to common place experience within which we might glimpse other magical or psychic forces at play. Natural phenomena are combined with products of the imagination in his work to explore broad concepts of time, space and the unknowable.

I really enjoyed this exhibition and must admit that I've seen it three times now. The installation works so well within the space - a former regency church. However I have noticed that the  focal point for me wasn't the buckets spilling water, it was the reflections and movement of the water in the space of the old church that I found really fascinating. The video below is a short clip that I filmed of this:

Friday, 8 July 2011


I recently found some really helpful tutorials in Processing click here  to view from the beginning.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Group Tutorial (suggestions that I made).

Some suggestions that I made in a group tutorial:

Eduardo Kac's: Teleporting an unknown state

I thought you may find this interesting to watch. It's a narrative video art piece created for the song Kotzebue performed by musical artist Cassis Orange:

Have you seen Joseph Kosuth's:  Clock (one and five)?
Clock (one and five)  Here he tries to communicate in different ways, using appropriation in different modes of representation, possibly trying to express a universal truth. What I found interesting about this personally is that if doesn't matter how many examples and definitions that are used to describe a clock, no one will ever be able to see time itself. Here's some links:

Have you seen Stephen King's film The Langoliers?
If you haven't I think you may find it interesting. A group of people get stuck in the past, only in this case, the past does not exist, well not for very long.  The Langoliers  are thought to be the timekeepers of eternity and their job is to eat the past. Here's a link to a trailer:


Interesting article:
Talk on Ayahuasca by  Alex Grey:
Interview with Alex Grey:
You've probably have seen this but just in case you haven't:

Monday, 4 July 2011

Project Proposal 5

To view my latest Project Proposal click here