Greg J. Smith
Since 2003
smith@serialconsign.com
Works in Toronto Canada

BIO
Greg J. Smith is a Toronto-based designer and researcher with interests in media theory and digital culture. Extending from a background in architecture, his research considers how contemporary information paradigms affect representational and spatial systems. Greg is a designer at Mission Specialist and is a managing editor of the digital arts publication Vague Terrain. His writing has appeared in a variety of publications including: Creative Applications, Current Intelligence, Rhizome, Vectors and the Handbook of Research on Computational Arts and Creative Informatics.

Greg has presented work at venues and institutions including EYEO Festival (Minneapolis), the Western Front (Vancouver), DIY Citizenship (Toronto), Medialab-Prado (Madrid) and Postopolis! LA. He is an adjunct instructor in the CCIT program (University of Toronto/Sheridan College) and has taught courses for CSMM (McMaster University) and OCAD University.

Exhibition: The Austrian Abstracts


The Austrian Abstracts
22.09.-15.10.2006, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam

The Austrian Abstracts is an exhibition of 27 Austrian-based artists, collected through their concerns with principles of abstraction while working in a wide range of media, from software to sculpture and painting. The show continues the investigation from the 2003 Abstraction Now at the Künstlerhaus in Vienna, with several of the artists appearing in both.

As the title implies, the Austrian art scene forms a nexus for the show. Even though the participating artists are from different countries, many of them are based in Vienna or have a special connection to Austria. However, the point of the exhibition is not to establish a patriotic position. Rather, it takes as its starting point a renewed interest in abstract art, which could be clearly observed in the Austrian scene of the last 10 years or more.

As the work in the exhibition demonstrates, the new interest in abstraction became evident in work with video and digital media. From the mid-1990’s artists like Dextro, Lia, Tina Frank etc. began experimenting with code, creating mostly web-based works that dealt with generative systems. These works became popular with net audiences at the time, and were loosely seen as related to net.art even though they essentially were formal investigations. Gradually these works became recognized as a coherent movement, and many of the artists involved have since expanded beyond the web to work with installations etc.

This movement has been given the de facto title “Austrian Abstracts”, deriving from a series of screening programs of digital experimental video that first gathered many of the artists in the current exhibition. Counting Abstraction Now, the show at Arti et Amicitiae is thus the third manifestation ...

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Oumypo


About me:
Through constraint and other formal methods, Oumypo (Ouvroir de MySpace Potentielle) seeks to uncover new MySpace structures, patterns and behaviors, which may then be used by MySpacers in any way they please. For example, we have contructed the “F+7″ method: Replace every friend in your top 8 with the friend seven entries after that person in your “My Friends” list. Also, try the “Pimp My MySpace HTML Lipogram” in which you remove the letters H, T, M, L from all HTML codes used in your profile.

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youtube tag activity graph


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A set of time-based graphs that convey thousands of thumbnails from YouTube movies for specific tags, such as 'joke', 'cat' or 'wedding'. the thumbnails create a kind of "heat signature" which shows the increase in activity in YouTube in the last few months. vertically, the thumbnails are positioned by the hour of the day they were uploaded, & horizontally by the day of the year.

see also flickr tag graph. & Yahoo taglines & flickr image blending.
[krazydad.com|thnkx Steve]

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email spam paint


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A set of automated graphical, artistic depictions based on real spam email messages. The online system analyzes spam emails and follow the websites links inside them. It then grabs the colors and images from those websites and displays the country the spam originated from in the resulting image alongside other data.

see also spam flowers & spam grafitti & email erosion.
[kingcosmonaut.de|thnkx Sebastian]

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beating heart data blog


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a web blog in which the author literally & metaphorically bares his heart. the artist-blogger wears a GPS-enabled Heart-rate monitor throughout parts of the day, then blogs the data along with matching personal experiences, events, & musings. for 3 weeks, the site will blog a series of posts contextualizing heart-rate visualizations, GPS-maps, & personal journal entries. online users are given a rare entrance into personal medical-grade statistics, location tracking, & the private thoughts of the blogger.
[turbulence.org]

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