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Digital Visions: Cultural Remixing .... News, Photos, Art, Games

A Concise Model of the Universe
Suppose the universe was a conglomerate of overlapping incidents, thoughts and experiences. Here poetry, there history, at other places quirky, sometimes biological, occasionally pychological: if you get this text picture, then visiting Paul Annear's Concise Model of the Universe will be just your ticket. Highly intriguing.

Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualizations of information. Newsmap's objective takes that goal a step further and provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe.
Newsmap does not pretend to replace the googlenews aggregator. It's objective is to simply demonstrate visually the relationships between data and the unseen patterns in news media. It is not thought to display an unbiased view of the news, on the contrary it is thought to ironically accentuate the bias of it.

Mappr is an interactive environment for exploring place, based on the photos people take. Mappr uses Flickr, the online photo sharing and managment application.

Graffiti Archaeology
Graffiti Archaeology is the study of graffiti-covered walls as they change over time. The project is a timelapse collage, made of photos of San Francisco graffiti taken by many different photographers from 1998 to the present. Using the grafarc explorer, you can visit some of San Francisco's classic spots, see what they looked like in the past, and explore how they have changed over the years.

Animal Game
The Animal Game is a classic learning computer game, an early example of Artifical Intelligence (AI). Roughly it works like this:

  • Initially the game is created knowing only a single animal.
  • When the game is first played, the computer guesses the only animal it knows. If it guesses wrong, the player gets a chance to add their new animal, plus a yes or no question the computer could ask to distinguish between the old animal and the new animal.
  • This process is repeated, and each time the computer does not guess correctly, the player can add new animal and distinguishing question to the game. is an experiment in artificial intelligence. The program is very simple but its behavior is complex. Everything that it knows and all questions that it asks were entered by people playing this game. is a learning system; the more it is played, the smarter it gets.

Art if I Want (May be viewed most reliably on PC rather than Mac computers)
"Art if I Want" by Nicolas Clauss with Samia Ahbizat, Meissa Belharat, Yannis Boukhalfa, Coralie Geslot, Amalie and Anthony Fisson, Jean-François Goyer, Houria Zenasni. For several months, the young participants were surrounded by significant works of the 20th century. They then gave expression to their impressions through film, interviews, surfing the Net, creating their own images, reflecting a world that might appear inaccessible. The gamble was to create a work of art from this happy undertaking of demystification, this dream factory. Using photos, videos and sound, these young people share with us, through interactive creations, their impressions and their own relationship with Art and the artists they chose.


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