Marja-Leena Rathje
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Got a little time? Get a cup of your favourite brew and a biscotti and relax with these entertaining though time-consuming links that are all about using the computer to create art.

1. Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings. " ... it raises questions about the concept of the 'original' in art... Millions of Brian Eno originals will be created and then disappear only to be replaced by millions more." Thanks to Hydragenic.

2. Argentinian software artist Leonardo Solanas' Dreamlines " is a non-linear, interactive visual experience. The user enters one or more words that define the subject of a dream he would like to dream. The system looks in the Web for images related to those words, and takes them as input to generate an ambiguous painting, in perpetual change, where elements fuse into one another, in a process analogous to memory and free association.

I tried "cave art" (above image), "Leonardo da Vinci" and my own name - cool to recognize suggestions of familiar pieces transformed and transforming! Thanks to Tuumailua (a Finnish blog).

3. William Zauscher's videos on YouTube are highy entertaining and very funny, sometimes to the point of pain (don't choke on that biscotti!). View his renditions of Bach and some operatic pieces. Thanks to Ionarts.

A little later - I hope everyone had a great Boxing Day, or St. Stephen's Day, or Tapanipäivä, depending what country you live in! We went for a long vigorous Nordic pole walk with a short stop in a local gift shop for some very nice half-price gifts to add to our gift bag for friends we are seeing on the weekend. No crowded mall, no parking hassles, no gas, just fresh air and exercise to burn off some of those extra calories. Cheers!

Marja-Leena | 26/12/2006 | 8 comments
themes: Neat stuff, Other artists


Tuo Enon juttu on myös hyvä, mieheni on ollut siitäkin kovin innostunut, Dreamlinesiinkin löysin hänen vinkistään. Dreamlines vain minusta kivempi, koska se on interaktiivinen. Luolataidetta voisikin kokeilla. Dreamlinesissa pidän juuri merkitysten muutoksista, siitä miten tuttu teos on samalla tuttu ja uusi, erilaisesta näkökulmasta katsottu.

Kävin kokeilemassa Dreamlinesiin hakusanana nimeäsi. Kiinnostavia kuvia tuli! Laitoin googlesta tavallisen kuvahaun nimelläsi viereen ja oli hauskaa vertailla aitoa kuvaa ja sen tulkintaa.

Is Tapanipaiva (can't find the umlauts on the Mac keyboard) the Finnish way of saying St. Stephen's Day?

Wow. Cool links. I love Dreamlines. Have to go back to that one...

Hei Tui, ilman muuta Dreamlinesin interaktiivisuus mielyttää meitä monta! Sitä saa mennä takaisin monta kertaa ja yrittää eri etsintöjä. Minun nimi, ikavästi kyllä, tuo esiin paljon muitakin kuvia blogistani jotka eivät ole omani, molemmat Google images ja Dreamlines.

Peter, yes it means St. Stephen's Day. If you need some hints on how to get an international keyboard up on your Mac - go to Finder, select the Help on the upper bar, and search "languages". One of the useful items is "about keyboard layouts". or send me an email.

Leslee - glad you enjoy this!

Interesting links, thank you. I had fun exploring them.

The Zauscher videos are a complete delight. Thanks you so much.

MB, glad you enjoyed this!

Hi Neil! Thanks for visiting and commenting! Will be checking out your blog...