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May 19, 2008

Database Aesthetic, follow up

I hope my presentation on Database Aesthetic a week ago was at least useful if not enjoyable. I got a lot out of the class participation. Thanks very much!

The presentation itself was done in Keynote, and if you would like a copy, I've uploaded it as zip and gzip'd tar file, depending on your preference. (NOTE: each download is a somewhat large 22.5 MB file, due to the media clips and whatnot.)

See you all next year, if not sooner!

May 14, 2008

Processing (dot org)

I thought we had a great conversation Monday night about Database Aesthetics.

Meng asked about the software system called Processing and I promised to post something to this blog about it. It's pretty easy to remember the website for Processing is processing.org - also there are books and plenty of online materials about learning and using this system. You might try going here first.

May 8, 2008

Collaborative, Open Source Filmmaking

I just ran into this site today. Since it is an open-source and collaborative activity, I thought it might be of interest to others. This also speaks to the "leveling" effect of technology that we discussed last Monday. FWIW

May 2, 2008

Database Aesthetic

On May 12th I will be presenting Database Aesthetic for class discussion.

For my material, I have drawn from several sources, in particular articles from the book Database Aesthetics, Art in the Age of Information Overflow, Victoria Vesna, ed. Two of these articles were the focus of my research: (1) Database as Symbolic Form, by Lev Manovich, and (2) The Database: An Aesthetics of Dignity, by Sharon Daniel.

I hope the discussion will traverse the following levels:


  • What is Database, as a concept?

  • Database/Narrative dichotomy, and the spectrum between these endpoints

  • New Media & Database, trends & usage

  • Historical reinterpretation, given this new way of thinking.

Inherent in this last point is the critical question that I am asking:


Is the concept of Database a new construct, or could it simply be a new way of looking at the world? (and then reinterpret our past in terms of Database?)