“The computer may be potentially as valuable a tool to the arts as it has already proven itself to be in the sciences” Michael Noll

Generative Art Recoded is an effort to preserve pioneering generative artworks by translating them into a modern programming language (Processing). Indeed, in most cases, the original code underlying these early masterpieces got lost, unfortunately. My goal is also to offer a learning resource of Processing for both art and science students using the same challenging process I followed:

  1. start from the original artwork;
  2. reverse engineer the code;
  3. match the outcomes of the code with the…

One of the 27,216 possible states of Cypher::Prophet

The origins of blockchain go back to the crypto-anarchism and cypherpunk movements of the late 80s. These activists advocate widespread use of strong cryptography and privacy-enhancing technologies, in an effort to protect their privacy, their political freedom, and their economic freedom. The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto by Timothy C. May dates back to mid-1988 and was distributed to some like-minded techno-anarchists at the Crypto ‘88 conference:

Combined with emerging information markets, crypto anarchy will create a liquid market for any and all material which can be put into words and pictures. Timothy C. May, Crypto Anarchist Manifesto, 1988

The following excerpt…

14 Small Electric Glitch Views

These are 14 glitch views of an original shot by anthropologist Simone Mestroni entitled Scenario con vacca e moschea a Varanasi (Scenery with cow and mosque in Varanasi).

Glitch #1

EtherCoil is a real-time artistic visualization of Ethereum blockchain blocks.

The coil for the genesis block of Ethereum (white background). The artwork is tokenized on SuperRare gallery.

In his recent book The Formula, Albert-László Barabási draws an interesting parallel between the concepts of performance and success.

Performance refers to how we played and the playground can be any one, for instance a 100-meter flat race, a contemporary dance show, a scientific article, a macrobiotic dish. Performance depends on us, not on the others. It’s an internal variable, an individual one. It is influenced by the quality we have injected into our work, the result of the passion and skills we have put into it.

Success is often another story. It is the recognition we receive from others…

A prime oddity

“The list of prime numbers is the heart rate of mathematics, but it is a pulse stimulated by a powerful caffeine-based cocktail.” Marcus Du Sautoy

An artistic visualization of all primes contained in the first million of natural numbers (high resolution version). We call such a visualization a Primenuum. The Primenuum artworks are tokenized as digital art on SuperRare gallery

A prime number (or prime) is a natural number greater than 1 that cannot be formed by multiplying two smaller natural numbers. Equivalently, primes are the numbers with no divisors besides 1 and the number itself. For instance, 17 is prime, but 21 is not prime, since 21 = 3 · 7, hence 3 and 7 are divisors of 21.

Primes are central in number theory because of the fundamental theorem of arithmetic: every natural…

E’ possibile identificare le leggi del successo come se fossero i principi della dinamica di Newton? Liberamente tratto dal libro The Formula di Albert-László Barabási, che ho letto con entusiasmo e un pizzico di invidia.

La prima legge

Manfred Albrecht von Richthofen (1892–1918) è stato un aviatore e ufficiale tedesco. Viene ricordato come un asso dell’aviazione, essendogli ufficialmente accreditate 81 vittorie aeree durante la prima guerra mondiale, prima di essere abbattuto il 21 aprile 1918. Eroe dei tedeschi e rispettato dai suoi nemici, von Richthofen fu una delle principali figure della guerra, ricordato con l’appellativo Der Rote Baron (Il Barone Rosso).

Il successo

Success for an artist is difficult to quantify objectively, as it depends on endogenous factors such as the quality of the created artworks, but also on exogenous variables like endorsements received by the artist from art collectors and experts as well as the position and centrality of the artist in social networks.

Performance drives success, but when performance can’t be measured, networks drive success. Albert-László Barabasi (The Formula)

We focus on the general problem of developing art metrics, that is rating and ranking systems tailored for art markets. We suggest that art metrics should consider a set of requirements:

  1. Firstly…

Ms Ethereum had a square life marked by blocks, instant by instant: 0, 1, 2… Most of these moments were insignificant. But, she thought one day, some of them are memorable! Her genesis block, for instance, or the block in which she generated a child chain, the block in which she risked dying due to an error in her (genetic) code, and the block in which she died for real. Before the last block, Ms Ethereum had a brilliant idea: for each of these special moments, she commissioned a work of art from as many artists: a portrait for the…

9 erbe magiche, 9 racconti fantastici, 9 opere misteriose.

Un progetto artistico dedicato alle Erbe di San Giovanni a cura di HEX0x6C (coding e story writing) e Combugnera (digital painting e story writing), con il contributo di Francesca (story writing). Reso unico, immutabile e immortale grazie alla blockchain Ethereum.

Un incontro tra saggezza popolare e tecnologia all’avanguardia.

Elena aveva 13 anni. Quel giorno era uscita per i campi con le amiche per raccogliere l’iperico, la prima Erba di San Giovanni. Elena soffriva di melanconia, e i vecchi del paese dicevano che i fiori d’iperico, raccolti nella notte del 24 giugno…


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