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Datacentric Data Collection – Seeing Is Creative

It’s crucial to understand that everything that happens in a dataesthetically designed space is potentially content.  Every user’s click, every author’s decision may have value at some future point in time.  Therefore, care must be taken to collect and categorize data as it’s generated, to facilitate that future use.  This doesn’t mean this data must […]

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Datacentric User-Driven Websites

Sites only get repeat visits with fresh content.  Not just any fresh content, but GREAT content.  Many bands already have a leg up: some have interesting but modestly recorded songs that aren’t really album worthy, but can be offered periodically as gifts to attract users (at strategic times).  Likewise, most rock shows are a terrific […]

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Database Content and Creative Code

As a form, cinema has always had enormous potential to express rich, interior character perspectives, and deliver emotional content.  Audiences have always been quicker to suspend disbelief in theatrical environments, and realism enhances the experience.  The cool air, acoustic isolation, and darkness of the room, the cushion and contour of the seats, and the sheer […]

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Authorship in the Post Modern World

Who is the creator of a song made in an application like Acid or Garageband?  To whom do we attribute performance credits?  For home users, this may simply be a great party argument, but for musicians, labels and developers the question has deep implications and no easy answers. There are some clear dividing lines: for […]

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A Rationale for Database Driven Design & Dataesthetics – a sidenote

One obvious matter in this discussion: Who really needs another philosophical or artistic movement?  In our cut and paste world, it would seem to make more sense to adopt ad hoc strategies that fit current needs than any over-stretched construct.  Upon examination it’s easy to see that dataesthetics presumes the existence of many valid paradigms, […]

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Dataesthetic Design Today

We live in a culture that fully, if unconsciously, reflects our primary tools in our images, products and ideas.  Our politicians reflexively deliver messages with powerfully plastic meaning.  Our entertainment is created and delivered by database.  Our houses, cars and iPods are pseudo-customized and fully modular in form and function.  dataesthetics is no longer a […]

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Persistent Memory Encouraged by Retroactive Analysis

One useful and powerful tool is retroactive analysis and mining of historic data.  There are enormous libraries, which heretofore were maintained solely by expensive, explicit effort.  Most of the film shot, printed and used by mankind is now in landfills.  What remains will only be preserved through digitization, functional metadata for authentication and sourcing, and […]

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The Need for Aesthetics of Networks and Data

We’re ever less limited by space, time or even imagination as our society becomes a fully connected network.  We are on the cusp of a radical transformation that is rendering obsolete many of our traditional boundaries, threatening to the status quo.  Vast, global networks create abundance and are socially transformative, but only to the extent […]

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