Spot Draves
Since the beginning
Works in San Francisco, California United States of America

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Scott Draves a.k.a. Spot is a visualist and programmer residing in San Francisco. In 1993 Spot received an honorable mention from the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz Austria for "Flame #149", and in 1995 he started developing the Bomb, a visual-musical instrument which four years later won the prix du public and 3rd place at Vida 2.0 in Madrid. In 1997 he received a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University for a thesis on metaprogramming for media processing. He then migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area to do tech start-ups. He began the Electric Sheep project in 1999. It was featured in Wired Magazine in May 2001, then won the Vida 4.0 competition in November, and was selected for ISEA (the International Symposium of Electronic Art) in Nagoya Japan in 2002.

His first gig as a VJ was in 1994. Today he regularly projects live video for underground parties and at clubs and his VJ singles are published by Light+Rhythm Visuals. Last summer he was a guest VJ in the main room at the Sonar music festival in Barcelona, and at the Resonant Wave festival in Berlin. He is about to release a solo DVD of abstract animation with original soundtracks by ABA Structure and other electronic musicians.

Spot's day-job is in the R&D department of PDI/DreamWorks creating tools for feature animation.
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Dreams in High Fidelity in NYC


Dreams in High Fidelity is a super-enhanced manifestation
of the Electric Sheep, a cyborg mind composed of 30,000
computers and people mediated by a genetic algorithm.
It's being exhibited in Chelsea as part of the "Abstract
Visual Music" show put together by the NY Digital Salon.
The artist, Scott Draves, will be in the gallery this
Saturday afternoon, and the show runs until July 1st.

http://hifidreams.com
http://nydigitalsalon.com

School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Art Gallery
132 West 21st Street, 7th floor, New York, NY
Free and open to the public.

Opening Reception: June 22, 5-7 PM
Exhibition: June 23 - July 1
Gallery Hours: Tuesday

EVENT

SPOTWORKS DVD Release Party


Dates:
Wed Mar 31, 2004 00:00 - Tue Mar 23, 2004

This DVD contains 3 documentaries including artistic,
technical, and conceptual descriptions of the Electric
Sheep and Bomb software art projects. It also has 90
minutes of visual music made with the software. If you
are in the SF Bay area, please come to the release party,
if not you can buy the DVD online. thank you, -spot

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the evolution of visuals
DVD release party

www.spotworks.com

wednesday march 31st 7pm-2am StudioZ
314 11th st @ folsom san francisco
415.252.7666 www.studioz.tv 21+ w/ID
free admission

featuring the soundz of Spool, jhno, mbb,
dj vordo, and Kenji Williams/ABA Structure

djz
ammon - rhythm society
rhythmystic - groove garden
shanti - rhythm society
phil - vibrant

vjs
max + vj Science
okeanos visual immersions
videojon - infinite kaos

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A special autographed edition of the DVD will be
for sale at a discount at the party. On it you
will find 87 minutes of hypnotic retinal bliss
by San Francisco VJ and software artist Spot,
a.k.a. Scott Draves. Five video tracks sync
with electronic music by jhno, Spool, dj vordo,
and mbb. Three more tracks sync with music by
trance sensation ABA Structure, including an
original track not released elsewhere. Plus,
three documentaries explain how the graphics
were made and what it all means. See Electric
Sheep, Dub Visuals, and Bomb. Includes looping
tracks with solid backgrounds for use by VJs.

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This isn't just tripppy wallpaper---it's not
even just art. This is garage-band artificial
life. Draves is cooking up a new species made of
code, decisions and cooperation, and this disc
is a petri dish swimming with the organisms that
deserve to succeed us here on Earth. I for one
welcome our new a-life masters. --Cory Doctorow,
Author of Eastern Standard Tribe and co-editor
of Boing Boing (http://boingboing.net)

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With the spiked eye candy and fractal arabesques
of Spotworks, Scott Draves has significantly
raised the bar on digital psychedelia and the
broader category of abstract animation. His
electric sheep are the fluttering Gaian spawn of
networked computers and genetic algorithms,
while his visual 'dubs' of Ernst Haeckel's
fin-de-siecle scientific lithographs add a
resonant historical dimension to trippy
visuals. Mind-melting stuff, and refreshingly
devoid of the usual fungal kitsch. --Erik Davis,
author of Techgnosis and contributing writer to
Wired Magazine (http://techgnosis.com)

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