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Brian Solis and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpins discusses “the End of Business as Usual”

I have a love/hate relationship, coupled with the outmost respect for Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins. At the same time brilliant and haughty, down to earth and incredibly snobby he here discusses the role of the artist in the future media landscape with celebrated author Brian Solis.

One of the things I took away from this interview was the notion of that  there is no turning back – artists have to embrace and make use of the tools that technology is handing over…

NOOG – digital collectibles

NOOG – a set of purely digital collectibles is a collaborative, purely digital art project that uses augmented reality technology in a fun and easy way. I just came across it and hope to be able to experiment with it a bit more. Above some of my first attempts using this fun tool that instatnly brings augmented reality into the hands of anyone…

“The NOOG Collection is the first set of purely digital collectables known to us. There have been different versions of existing material collectables that have transgressed into the virtual world of the Internet, but these are mere extensions to sets that predominantly populate the world in a material form. Digital Collectables define a pure immaterial set of desirable yet absent objects. Collectors begin their journey as curious and inspired amateurs. As their hunger for completion increases with every obtained fractal of a set, the collector steadily develops into a lover of NOOG.

They grow into masters as their desire for the entire set grows with the number of collected fractals of a set increases. The less pieces of the puzzle that are missing, the more a true collectors heart desires those missing and the warmer her love for the collected elements becomes.

Digital collecting demands a greater heart than material collecting, as the viral and virtual love is purer, it being disassociated from material and form. In digital collecting the intellect and passion must combine to heighten the imagination of the collector.

Pure love, desire and passion are entirely detached from a material form. Customization turns into a rewarding level of collecting, where the collector can interact with her set and become artist and curator of her own collection. 128 NOOGs are fully designed and styled, all of which have their own flavor. Another 128 NOOGs can be styled by you, the collector, using your own imagination.”

On Passion – Sir Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson on Passion from The School of Life on Vimeo.

Ken Robinson believes that everyone is born with extraordinary capability. So what happens to all that talent as we bump through life, getting by, but never realizing our true potential?

For most of us the problem isn’t that we aim too high and fail – it’s just the opposite – we aim too low and succeed.

We need to find that magic spot where our natural talent meets our personal passion. This means we need to know ourselves better. Whilst we content ourselves with doing what we’re competent at, but don’t truly love, we’ll never excel. And, according to Ken, finding purpose in our work is essentially to knowing who we really are.

Get ready to unleash your inner fervor as Ken takes to our pulpit to inspire you to follow your passion.

Sir Ken Robinson is a leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources, working with governments and the world’s leading cultural organizations. Born in Liverpool, he was Director of The Arts Project (1985-89), and is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Warwick. He was knighted in 2003 for his contribution to education and the arts. Recent publications include Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (2001) and The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (2009).

This secular sermon took place at Conway Hall on Sunday 13 March 2011

TinEye – reversed search engine for images…

Looking through my Google Analytics account recently I noticed a referal source that I have never heard of before – TinEye.  I became curious to find out more about this potentially very beneficial  source of traffic back to my website so I decided to check it out a bit…

In their own words TinEye is a “reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.

TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks. It is free to use for non-commercial searching.

TinEye regularly crawls the web for new images, and we also accept contributions of complete online image collections. To date, TinEye has indexed 2,127,538,544 images from the web to help you find what you’re looking for. For more information, please see our FAQ, and for some real TinEye search examples, check out our Cool Searches page.”

So what does that mean for a photographer or other visual artists ?

Well, I’m a big fan of Google’s Image search but TinEye seems to return even more laser tartgeted results and it’s apparently only based on image recognition and has nothing to do with keywords, captions or anything non-image related…

Wired wrote. If Google Images is a hand grenade, TinEye is a sniper rifle

Impressive indeed !

I quickly loaded some of my images and the TinEye quickly returned results of my images appearing on various fashion blogs (as usual) In my opinion this is a new and potent tool for artists to keep an eye out for serious violations of your IP rights and by that I mean that I will accept and even encourage people to spread my images if they link back to my website and otherwise credit me and I will not lay sleep-less at night because of 13 year olds posting my images on their blogs. However, should I discover some serious and commercial use of my images that would be another story and that’s where tools like Google Image sSearch and TinEye come into the picture.

Trey Ratcliff at “Stuck in Customs” has in my view a very insightful article on why sharing Your images liberally on the web is actually more beneficial for You than keeping them behind bars and under watermarks…



11horses – the viral issue

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Hello and welcome to 11HORSES and “the viral issue”. I have long had an interest in how ideas, gestures and “memes” get transmitted throughout our societies, changing, evolving and sometimes mutating into something new, getting passed on from generation to generation. Why is it that You will see soft, cuddly animals strapped to the front of big heavy trucks, driven by big, heavy men all over (at least) the western world ? Or what does the sight of a pair of sneakers, laces tied together, thrown over a phone wire mean, and why is it that kids all over will continue throwing them? We recently celebrated the 200 year anniversary of scientific giant Charles Darwin. His brilliant theory of natural selection continues to amaze and inspire us with it’s simplicity and elegance. In this issue we’re trying to illustrate and reflect on all of these phenomena with the help of some extraordinary talent.

Anthropocene – aerial landscapes by David Thomas Smith

Burj Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Las Vegas, NV, USA

The Creators Project is a definite go-to location for me with such an abundance of great content. Just today I stumbled on this great series by photographer David Thomas Smith, called Anthropocene.

I really like the fact that finally there seems to be a notion developing that photography is not reality. The Photoshop backlash and the endless debate on how much burning and dodging should be allowed in documentary/news photography is pretty tiresome to me…
Here a great series, obviously manipulated that still remains photography and despite it’s departure from “straight photography” it effectively tells a story.

The best 46 seconds video You’ll watch today… Steve Jobs on Life

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