Sep 24, 2015

GIFfing the Media Wall

I’m a fan of animated GIFs, and one of my favorite features of UMW’s Convergence Center is it’s “Media Wall,” a large, multi-screen display in the main area of the second floor. It’s a cool place for looping, ambient visual art, so it’s perfect for animated GIFs. Last year, my rendition of Cory Arcangel’s Super […]

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Sep 22, 2015

The Media Anachronism Project: A Proposal

This past Spring, Jim Groom and I started up a project we’ve been calling the “Console Living Room” or just “#umwconsole.” Jim has already written frequently and passionately about this project, but now that Jim is moving on, it falls to me to steer this project into something more permanent and long term. To that […]

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Feb 23, 2015

Help Spuddy the Snow Woman Take a Trip around the World

The recent snow was plentiful but too cold to do much building. On Saturday, though, some light snow turned into sleet and rain which melted the top layer enough to make it finally start sticking together. My 4-year-old, ever the snow trooper, wanted to make sure we took advantage of this small window, and the […]

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Feb 12, 2015

Zen for JPG

I’m a fan of the Moviebarcode Tumblr blog, which creates elegant “barcode” versions of movies and other visual media. Conceptually, it’s similar to what Lev Manovich does with image sets and that I and my DGST 101 students tried to replicate last semester. Instead of shrinking each frame into pixels on a tapestry, moviebarcode squeezes […]

Feb 03, 2015

Four Responses to #!

When I first read Nick Montfort’s #!, I shared my initial response via Twitter in the form of a Perl one-liner. Since I’m teaching #! this semester, I’ve been taking a second look and growing in my appreciation and understanding of the Perl poems in particular, so I thought I’d revisit that review and expand […]

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Jan 27, 2015

On the Poetics of “Haiku by a Robot”

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form emphasizing brevity, clarity, and the juxtaposition of images or ideas. Its translation or appropration into English has foregrounded the 5-7-5 syllable rule, and its influence on Modernist poets like Ezra Pound or William Carlos Williams is quite clear. Even if that strict sense of syllable counting isn’t essentially part […]

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Nov 14, 2014

Visual Text Analysis with ImageMagick

In my classes, I’ve been talking about and showing off the kinds of visual analysis one can accomplish by extracting frames from video and comparing them in a montage format. This approach has been pioneered by Lev Manovich, Jeremy Douglass and others under the heading of Software Studies, and Manovich’s website discusses this technique and […]

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Sep 22, 2014

Power Dive into the Danger Zone

Earlier this year, a twitter account known as @555uhz gained some attention and eventually notoriety for posting, at a rate of one image per 2 seconds of film twice an hour, the movie Top Gun. This was a cool idea, and a clever use of Twitter to celebrate a well-known film. Even though posting images […]

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