Home for the brave – Metaverse, VR, VRML, X3D

There is an increase in VR art galleries, and online exhibitions, over lockdown. In the Metaverse, Omniverse, see below.

Here’s my VR gallery (with coder Christian) from my design and build web studio Twin Media (London) back in 1995. VRML was a web based 3D renderer with a simple mark-up language, superseded by X3D.

VRML gallery Metaverse 1995
VRML VR gallery [Metaverse] 1995 – Twin Media logo is the green squiggle
VRML gallery Metaverse 1995
VRML VR gallery [Metaverse] 1995
The new 3D cube videos from Micro Arts MA1 will be located in one of these, I will update when selected.

Search for Metaverse, Cryptovoxels, etc. Second Life is still around. These sites have always had usability issues and are just a bit clunky. There are lots of 3D world-building games such as Minecraft, Fortnite and Roblox, and of course Sim City. Nvidia has an Omniverse. Facebook are really into this via VR.

See this BBC summary

Cube Collection MA1 soon – see demos now

New 3D video art

Here’s MA1:3 Data – 3D with music.

This is MA1: 4 Diagonals

I am making new 3D art with Patryk Jaworsky, we met at the recent Leicester exhibition, from the MA1 series, followed by more from MA2, MA3, MA4, Michel’s Quantel art from 1984 and more. There will be a 3D catalogue of all the new work released next week, along with all 7 finals of MA1 pieces, plus a complete ‘all 7’ MA1, as per the original data cassette release.

There are many more demos in the Micro Arts Group YouTube channel.

We are planning an exhibition for this year if possible. We need 7 large monitors though so it is quite expensive to set up.

All rights reserved. Copyright 2021. Music and 3D video by Patryk. Original art and new concept from Geoff Davis.

 

Clive Sinclair RIP

Farewell Clive Sinclair, 1940-2021. 

Clive Sinclair 1940-2021
Clive Sinclair 1940-2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventions to change the world.

Computers for all, ZX series (leading to row with the BBC over their rather large micro for education).

Electric vehicles before anyone else thought of them (apart from milk floats).

Great inventor, entrepreneur, poker player.

More here on the BBC Clive Sinclair Obit.

 

 

 

 

History of Computer Graphics online now

There’s a really useful source for historical digital art information. This is run by Terrance Masson who has 25 years of production experience. His work includes Star Wars movie CGI, interactive SimCity4,  and award-winning short animated films such as Bunkie & Booboo. He also made the computer graphics pipeline for SouthPark.

Please visit:

History of Computer Graphics

https://www.historyofcg.com/

History CG
History Computer Graphics

Music performance with Etalon (Patryk Jaworski) Micro Arts setting

I met Patryk at the recent 8-bit exhibition in Leicester. He is a prolific recordist in live settings such as parks or old buildings. He suggested doing a concert in the Lightbox gallery space at LCB Depot. The excellent result is below.

Etalon Production – Air, Pressure and Tension | Less Solid Dialect (vol.4) 2021 | PATRYK JAWORSKI

 

 

See also ETALON PRODUCTION

8-bit Micro Arts exhibition LCB Leicester June 2021

Micro Arts exhibition at the LCB Depot, 31 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1RE until Saturday 26 June 2021. Curated by Sean Clark of the Computer Arts Archive & Computer Arts Society, UK.

Micro Arts Exhibition Leicester 2021

Geoff doing a talk 9/6/2021 at the 8-bit Micro Arts Exhibition Leicester 2021

This big show has image stills from most of Geoff Davis‘s work from the MA1 “Abstract Originals” release, plus some from MA2 Various Unusual Events along with Martin Rootes MA3 release. There’s also a page from Geoff’s MA4 Story Generator. There are displays of the artefacts like data cassettes and deck, and the Micro Arts Magazine, along with a real time live run of the MA1 algorhythmic art, which means the 1980s code is actually running in the exhibition, providing ambient art, as intended. See the navigation here for more details of the MA releases, and the videos etc.

Lots of photos below, and more on a link at the bottom.

Plus two 8-bit micro controlled installations are in the exhibition, an interactive audio piece from Virtual Ground and a visual sculpture by Sean Clark, both of which used 8-bit micro controllers.

Photo credits: Sean Clark

Geoff Davis

8-bit exhibition, Micro Arts, Leicester

 

 

 

8-bit Micro Arts LCB exhib poster
8-bit LCB exhib poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All photo credits in the set below (covering set up and talks): Sean Clark

For more photos of setup and talk click here 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From LCB Depot website:

Events
Weds 9th June 2021 – 6-8pm

Evening viewing

Join the artists for the launch of the show and as part of the of the 8-bit exhibition, short talks from Micro Arts founder Geoff Davis and exhibition curator Sean Clark from the Computer Arts Archive. You will need to wear a facemask in the gallery. Talks start at 7pm. Grays Cafe Bar will be open for drinks in the courtyard.

 

 

 

 

 

WTF is a Data Cassette

Micro Arts data cassettes
Micro Arts data cassettes, case design Geoff Davis
Micro Arts data cassettes
Micro Arts data cassettes – MA1 master

This came up at the Leicester 8bit exhibition. I was chatting to a musician (there was an audio installation from Virtual State), and he wondered if data cassettes were CD quality.

A data cassette is a stream of information, encoded as beeps, which are bits in on/off mode, this is then much speeded up to fit on a tape. So the audio is just zeroes and ones. This is read by an audio decoder in the micro, to convert the audio beeps back into bits.

This was also how micro programmers worked, saving to tape. This was not a pro game shop, I just started up Micro Arts at home in Clapham.

Data cassette deck - now museum piece
Data cassette deck – now museum piece

Older readers will recall the noisy screech of modems. Even older readers will remember these tapes and the tape decks.

However, the cassettes last a long time, when I opened the cardboard box in which stored Micro Arts materials, around 2019, all the tapes loaded perfectly into a PC Spectrum emulator. Apparently, as I moved about a lot (I’ve lived in many places), the oxide doesn’t get settled, so they are more reliable. That’s weird. Pretty long term when you think about it.

 

 

 

 

 

8-bit exhibition Leicester 9 June 2021

8-bit exhibition

Classic computer art from the 1980s

The Micro Arts exhibition opens on Wednesday 9 June, from 6pm. There will be short talks by Sean Clark the curator and me.

Location: LCB Depot – Lightbox Gallery

31 Rutland Street

LE1 1RE

Poster
Posters
Geoff Davis during the set up (photo Sean Clark)
Geoff Davis during the set up (photo Sean Clark)
Micro Arts 8-Bit Exhibition Leicester June 2021
Getting ready for Micro Arts 8-Bit Exhibition Leicester June 2021 (empty boxes will have data cassettes, magazine, etc in them)