Thursday, May 13, 2010

This shows how QR codes could work. Based on Manchester in reality. But Exeter could have something similar. I continue to look for suitable devices.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Not sure if this should be in the Animation blog. Probably not. I think the "wifi" theme is morphing into social media in general. I am using a retro mobile phone but tracking developments. I still use a dedicated device for a camera. Recently took some photos during the MayDay tea party, another random act of art at Spacex. No people so no release forms, hoping the dog is ok with this. Please leave a comment. There were other people photocopying the dog so there may well be better ones. Please link in.

Themes of involving the audience in co-creativity sometimes break down over copyright issues i find. So the teatime is a useful ambiguous space, somewhere between art and commerce. Plates and cups by ; cupcakes by . Also there is a blog about the project.

I only found out about the blog through the website after the MayDay event as the show closed. I think there could be more publicity for the social media. They are not discovered as easily as is often supposed. Something like a sign at the gallery or a mention in print would be useful. Also I think the approach to copyright may need to change. Networks operate around objects (theory to be expanded later but may be obvious anyway). If photos allowed, mashup encouraged etc there is more chance of further comment and involvement.

I will be looking out for more dog photos. Previous blog post mentioned Tweet from Phoenix about slum dogs in India. Photos no longer in Phoenix bar but some are online. Also some dogs have a portrait on Flickr. So online linking is possible. All rights reserved though on these Flickr dog portraits.

However there are Creative Commons photos if you search on "Theo Jansen" and these show previous work. Similarly for YouTube. Presumably public space art is less protected from cameras. There will be events in Exmouth and Exeter but meanwhile there could be some collage or editing. I may look out for some Exmouth backgrounds or do some originals if the weather improves. Also looking out for dogs and cupcakes.
Still interested in barcodes or Quick Response codes. Tales of Things continues but there is no clear guidance so I think you can do what you like. Reporting back is important of course. There is a meeting coming up in Edinburgh that could explain a lot. Unfortunately this is a long way away from Exeter. I have an imaginary friend who lives quite close to Edinburgh but I fear he may be somewhere else at the time. I know he is in Exeter a few days earlier. But I may imagine him attending the meeting. This worked very well during the #likeminds occasion.

You can tell that QR codes are a bit futurist for someone stuck in an attic with a desktop computer and full size keyboard. Mobility is not for everyone. But I will get more over the summer.

The meeting seems to be about the "dark side" of technology as well as social networking.
How do you feel about councils tagging wheelie bins in order to monitor what people are throwing out,

They may cover CCTV. I thought about this as a route to cheap video. The city as a set, once we work out what each location represents. But it may be that local authorites have other priorities.