r/place was apparently the r/place to be

Look at this work of art:

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This is the result of 72 hours, 1000 x 1000 pixels and all kinds of reddit users.

Here’s a great article that gives some background.

Here’s a time lapse of the entire 72-hour ordeal.

There’s been controversy over how much of this project was automated by bots – one of the reasons it was so popular was because it was an experiment in collaboration. Many subreddits came together, uniting to create some great images. One of these images is the union of the Greek and Turkish flags with a heat. How touching!!

Also touching are the words left by moderators when this thing went up:

“Here is an empty canvas.
You may place a tile upon it, but you must wait to place another.
Individually you can create something.
Together you can create something more.”

 

low-poly wants a cracker

Digital art is in a whole different dimension than physical paints or pens. In what way does it connect to the tangible world? Through the principles and elements of design.

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Low Poly Wolf

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Low poly-art is a small corner of the internet where digital artists experiment with and study shapes, colours, shading and structure.

Generally, it’s created in Photoshop and Illustrator, from existing images:

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A tutorial can be found here.

Making it from scratch is maddeningly difficult – by god I’ve tried – especially when you’re not an Adobe Suite expert.  But, if  one were to make it from scratch, it would be an amazing way to learn about the physical structure of the subject you’re illustrating.

 

 

the irony of planetary pop art

I have so much to say about satellite art and I found out it existed just moments ago.

Yukon Delta

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What a beautiful thing!!! Can someone, however, sell this as their artwork? When we know that it’s just been saturated to pop-art-esque colours? It is, after all, the Earth’s intellectual property, I guess.

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I think so. This last one was created by David Thomas Smith, who manipulates satellite imagery to look like Persian rugs. He makes his images unique in this way, and also ironic – the beautiful earth, in an image, turned into a rug to be walked on.

substances that refresh your perspective

Had my first LSD trip on Monday. Wrote this at the height of it. 8 years of writing and this is the most beautiful, pure, expressive piece I've ever written.

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Anyone who has tried acid knows what an immensely intense, emotional, sensory experience it is. Though it affects everyone differently, there are a few cases to support the hypothesis that LSD enhances creativity by altering thought processes and changing perspective and interpretation.

There are a few popular self-portrait studies on the internet, documenting an artist’s creative expression of self while on an LSD trip. Together, they reveal a drastic change in self-perception as expressed by the drawings.

This French artist’s experience:

After three and a half hours, she stopped drawing eyes.

This incredible study done in 1954:

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Bryan Lewis Saunders’ 30 portraits on 30 different drugs:

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This last one is especially amazing – the difference in the portraits from drug to drug is vast.

trippy technology makes funky fractals

The art of math, or the math of art? Fractal, generative art is an amazingly unique way to create imagery that would be next to impossible to create by hand. It’s also used for more than just crazy cool gifs – it’s present in architecture and carpentry.

This article explains the history and relevance of fractal art. A knowledge of coding is necessary to compose the art – an explanation of the process can be found here.

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Anyone wanting an in-depth tutorial showing how to make generative art can find one here. Fair warning, however – there’s a lot to it.

don’t be a bitch, get behind glitch

Know what’s trendy right now? Glitch art – it’s in memes and everything, right up there with Vaporwave. But how is it made? It’s much, much simpler than one might think:

On the simplest level, glitch art is made by manipulating code of an image file to purposely corrupt it. This blog details the process and gives some history.

Glitch art is an art form that’s meant to highlight the beauty of code and the fragility of technology. I believe it’s so relative currently because, well, society is kind of glitching.

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How descriptive.

It’s so trendy that Norway glitched their new 2017 bills:

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It can also create gorgeous contemporary imagery:

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I love the sharp, colourful edges, the provocative context and the visual dissonance and unease that these images create.

learn to see what you hear

The patterns of music are infinite and so complex. How does one go about making sense of them? For an information designer… by visualizing them, of course!

The following are a few extraordinary algorithms designed by very smart and patient people, in the hopes of learning from the patterns of songs, artists and genres.

The Infinite Jukebox is a program created to visually plot songs based on their repetition and chord structure.

This great blog post explores the visual similarities in popular songs from the last few years, based on the plots generated by the Infinite Jukebox.

The same blog, musicmachinery.com also has a great article detailing the factors considered when generating genre maps.

Finally, Every Noise at Once is the world’s best thing – an interactive genre map created by Glenn McDonald. It uses an algorithm to sift through 1500 genres on Spotify, and creates a genre map that, upon clicking on a genre, plays a sample of the top song of the top artist in that genre. Delve into that genre and it produces a map of artists in that genre that play samples of top songs as well. The larger the tag, the more popular the artist is.

Beware – I’ve spent hours on Every Noise. The fact that it is connected with Spotify provides even more opportunities to explore.