I downloaded 2,000 paparazzi photos of Britney Spears and trained my computer to find her face and her face alone.I can run any footage of her through it and will center her eyes in the frame, and this sort of is a little double commentary about surveillance in our society.
I downloaded 2,000 paparazzi photos of Britney Spears and trained my computer to find her face and her face alone.I can run any footage of her through it and will center her eyes in the frame, and this sort of is a little double commentary about surveillance in our society.So once you know how to do this, once you know how to code with media, you can do some pretty cool stuff.
At a certain point, I figured out that what I was doing was making portraits. All of these things are meant to evoke George Washington as the father of the nation. And this is an eye chart, only instead of letters, they're words.
When you think about portraiture, you tend to think about stuff like this. He's sort of the first real portraitist of the United States. And what the words are is the 66 words in George Washington's State of the Union addresses that he uses more than any other president.
But there is an art form that's been around for a very long time that's really about using information, abstract information, to make emotionally resonant pieces. We've been making music for tens of thousands of years, right?
And if you think about what music is — notes and chords and keys and harmonies and melodies — these things are algorithms.
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JA helps students realize that the education they are getting today will help them to have a bright future tomorrow.And you can see that Casablanca is a little easier to read.That's because the average length of a cinematic shot in the 1940s was 26 seconds, and now it's around six seconds.Ronald Reagan spent a lot of time talking about deficits.Bill Clinton spent a lot of time talking about the century in which he would no longer be president, but maybe his wife would be. I started looking for a way to think about how I can do a more democratic form of portraiture, something that's more about my country and how it works.And what it really shows you is the history of editing in Hollywood cinema.So on the left, we've got Casablanca; on the right, we've got Chicago.These things are systems that are designed to unfold over time, to make us feel. I was trained as a composer, and about 15 years ago, I started making pieces that were designed to look at the intersection between sound and image, to use an image to unveil a musical structure or to use a sound to show you something interesting about something that's usually pictorial.So what you're seeing on the screen is literally being drawn by the musical structure of the musicians onstage, and there's no accident that it looks like a plant, because the underlying algorithmic biology of the plant is what informed the musical structure in the first place.What she did is very simple to explain and describe, but very hard to do.She took 72 minutes of activity, getting ready for a night out on the town, and stretched it over three days and performed it on a traffic island in slow motion in New York City. We filmed the whole thing, and then we reversed the process, speeding it up to 72 minutes again, so it looks like she's moving normally and the whole world is flying by.