4.5 Videos: Connectivity, Piracy/Hacking & Creative Coding

TPB AFK

I don’t know a great deal about Pirate Bay, but I know that I’d like to know more. About it, and the incidents it’s found itself involved in/with.

The Art of Creative Coding

I need to learnt to code. Plain and simple.

I think this is where the future of art and expression lies – in computer visuals, coding, interactivity – so I’ve downloaded Processing, and all I need to do now is play.

CLOUDS: Interactive Documentary

That, was beta footage.

This, is the link to the Kickstarter page which explains that;

The creative practitioners featured in the documentary represent a new breed of interdisciplinary artists who combine software engineering, audiovisual design, and cultural engagement. CLOUDS explores the themes of creativity, aesthetics, simulation, and sharing articulated by these luminaries in the computational arts community.

Counter to the widespread perception of code as exclusively utilitarian, this generation of hacker-artists struggles to develop new forms of visual expression, expanding the vocabulary of technology to resonate at a deeper human level. In an increasingly data-driven culture, our subjects act as intermediaries who can help us to navigate and make sense of our evolving digital universe.

And, what I find particularly interesting is the way in which we navigate the documentary…

The CLOUDS experience is generated from a database of richly tagged interviews. For you, the viewer, the story begins with your curiosity. You input a question or search term as the starting point, setting the initial trajectory. Just as an everyday conversation will often flow through series of digressions, each subject you encounter offers branching paths to unexplored regions of the video collection. A unique narrative experience is generated just for you. You can sit back and watch the story conversation unfold, or let your interaction with the system guide you toward surprising outcomes.

Here’s an extra video featuring Bruce Sterling:

And last, but by no means least…

Connecting

The 18 minute “Connecting” documentary is an exploration of the future of Interaction Design and User Experience from some of the industry’s thought leaders. As the role of software is catapulting forward, Interaction Design is seen to be not only increasing in importance dramatically, but also expected to play a leading role in shaping the coming “Internet of things.” Ultimately, when the digital and physical worlds become one, humans along with technology are potentially on the path to becoming a “super organism” capable of influencing and enabling a broad spectrum of new behaviours in the world.

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