AI fiction book and text-to-image Midjourney

I am editing an anthology of AI co-created fiction. This is due next month. During this I experimented with text to image using NightCafe and now Midjourney. I won’t go into the technicalities (use search) but prompt programming is the key.

It is a lot of fun and is a form of ‘casual’ or ambient creativity, but can also be used for mock ups and start work etc, or to get ideas for further human artwork.

The system makes 4 images as below, and then you select and upscale the subjectively best one. This is how the ‘AI’ is being trained or improved, via human quality selections.

Midjourney system – prompt was “Computer art in the style of Micro Arts Group Geoff Davis”

Micro Arts Group Geoff Davis by AI
Micro Arts Group Geoff Davis by AI

Midjourney system – prompt was “Computer art in the style of Micro Arts Group MA4 Story Generator” – this was a text generator, so it gets the monochrome right, and one has a keyboard.

Micro Arts Group Geoff Davis by AI
Micro Arts Group Geoff Davis by AI

Midjourney system – prompt was “Computer art in the style of Micro Arts Group Martin Rootes” – this has the BBC Micro in it too, must have found that in the training data

Micro Arts Group AI
Micro Arts Group AI

Micro Arts Group exhibition London BCS 2022

Micro Arts Group exhibition curated by Computer Arts Archive CAA, at British Computer Society BCS Moorgate London, as part of the EVA conference. 4th. Exhibition launch was 4th July 2022 by Professor Sean Clark and Geoff Davis.

Online exhibition below – to see videos of Micro Arts work please use the menu above.

BCS details are here – BCS Micro Arts Group exhibition Events Calendar

Subscribersyour free POAP badge for online attendance is on this page – you will need your password from your email.

No password? You can use Contact to ask for a POAP – since you have seen the online exhibition.

Live event invite is here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/computer-arts-society-eva-progress-on-the-cas-archive-tickets-368842346387

Micro Arts Group at BCS Events Calendar

Previous exhibitions were in Leicester 2021 – see here

BCS Moorgate Micro Arts exhibition 2022

CAA Computer Arts Archive - boxes of donated art
CAA Computer Arts Archive – boxes of donated art
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Sean Clark Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Sean Clark Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Lifetime Award from Graham Diprose CAS Micro Arts BCS London
Lifetime Award for Graham Diprose CAS Micro Arts BCS London
Micro Arts BCS London
Micro Arts BCS London
Sean Clark introducing the Computer Arts Archive, and Micro Arts exhibition, at BCS Moorgate London
Sean Clark introducing the Computer Arts Archive, and Micro Arts exhibition, at BCS Moorgate London
Jon Weinel Explosions in the Mind book launch at Computer Arts Society BCS
Jon Weinel Explosions in the Mind book launch at Computer Arts Society BCS

NEW Cube Collection art now “Abstract Originals” with Music

New 3D video art

We were Featured Artist on Known Origin for first drop.

Many new collectable video NFTs  with a 4K video, low price or low start. Visit now

Micro Arts Group Featured Artist NFTs Known Origin

NFT Cube Triangle 4K video
NFT Cube Triangle 4K video
MA1 Cube: Data video art NFT Known Origin
MA1 Cube: Data video art NFT Known Origin

New video and images will be released up to January 2022. We are releasing 8 in the MA1 series (1 and 2 are out)  also from MA2, MA3, MA4, Quantel, print, etc as NFTs and Metaverse VR displays. Plus experiments and all-new work.

Known Origin Featured Artist –  NFTs – visit Micro Arts Group

Geoff Davis Patryk Jaworski
Geoff Davis Patryk Jaworski – electric trousers!

 

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. The music is from Etalon Production, Patryk’s AV company.

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 Jaworski. Original art and new concept from Geoff Davis.

 

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.

Geoff Davis

Geoff doing a talk 9/6/2021 at the 8-bit Micro Arts Exhibition Leicester 2021. Images from MA1 (Lines) and MA2 (Studio) on display.

This big show had 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 was a page from Geoff’s MA4 Story Generator.

There was a real time live run of the MA1 algorhythmic art, which means the 1980s code was providing live ambient art, as intended in the notes for the original data cassette.

There were displays of the artefacts like data cassettes and deck, and the Micro Arts Magazine. 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. Please note the MA1 art was 4-bit. The spectrum colour system is quite limited, so extra creativity was required, see Spectrum Graphic Modes Wiki

Photo credits: Sean Clark

Micro Arts Exhibition Leicester 2021
Micro Arts Exhibition Leicester 2021 – MA4 Story Generator on display

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

New 1980s computer art & music timeline

The 1980s timeline is on the top menu, I will add some images soon. Or just click here for the timeline start page. This also has a lot of music technology events.

This will also be included in the 2nd edition of the Micro Arts History book, due out soon on Leopard Print Publishing London.

I also simplified the menus, any confusion please let me know.

More news soon about the Computer Arts Archive.

Also we are doing fine art prints of the computer art here, in various sizes,  these will be out soon. All prints will be numbered and have a Certificate. Also some memorabilia in the shape of the four data cassettes. If you are interested please request details using the Contact form.

If you are interested in AI and text generation, I’ve put a blog on my personal site about my recent AI text research – click here (new page).

NEWS- Micro Arts Exhibition

There is an exhibition in November 2020 to launch the Computer Arts Archive, which features Micro Arts. POSTPONED to summer 2021.

INSTEAD, VISIT NEW SITE NOW – Computer Arts Archive (special group of British Computer Society)

Micro Arts Group Geoff Davis MA2 Various Unusual Events The Piano Bar red generative computer art
Micro Arts Group Geoff Davis MA2 Various Unusual Events The Piano Bar red generative computer art

 

 

 

Talk

Geoff Davis talking about Micro Arts, his 1980s computer art group

Computer Arts Society, 9/6/2020

Video to be posted here soon.

geoffdavis5  gmail  com

or use Contact on the this site.

Micro Arts – produced a range of computer art for popular micros, and a paper magazine. Programmed, curated by Geoff, with contributions from friends, male, female, UK, US, France.

Aim was to start a new computer arts group, educate and perhaps sell a few art data cassettes. Later it all went onto Prestel national teletext.

Modelled on art groups London Video Arts and London Film-Makers Co-op; and indie record labels. This was my social background at the time.

Was intended to be a community, inclusive, diverse, populist, grass roots political. No ‘authority’. Not academic, I left University in 1980 and wasn’t thinking of it. No CAS at the time.

Was well reviewed by mainstream computer press, see Reviews.

No internet so hard to market.

Many outputs:

  • algorithmic art and animations, MA1 by Geoff Davis and MA3 by Martin Rootes)
  • conceptual (long form 2 years, math/code art, Dada word generator etc.), MA2 by Geoff Davis
  • graphic feminist/political animations, Money Work System from SCUM Manifesto, MA2
  • text generation from a story about the 1980s epidemic of prion mad cow disease BSE, MA4 by Geoff Davis (exhibited at LFMC show, and later distributed on Prestel teletext).

I had a few stories published, this is one of my competing activities. See my section in People.

The print Magazine was free. Full of informative articles, not reviews. (Magazine is on this site.)

Prestel was on invitation from EMAP but that took some of the momentum out of it, then I started working commercially again.  See Prestel page.

Also got involved in so-called ‘pirate TV’ NetWork 21. (No pirates, but lots of art, fashion.)

For more from the various contributors see People page.

CAS was not around at this point. Only contact I had was Harold Cohen (art machines) by letter in US,  who was famously uninterested in ‘computer art’ as a scene. He told me all art was about marketing. He was in academia, which operates as a huge marketing funnel (as well as providing work for artists).

Personal history

Before Micro Arts I was working in commercial COBOL programming (using pencils) on a Univac 1100 mainframe, and also Vax minis.

After Micro Arts, networking (at Prudential, first use of networked ‘personal computers’ IBM PC ATs in dealing room, no-one there had experience of micros, it was large IBM mainframe site).

Later, worked in new computer graphics lab at Sheffield Hallam University, Psalter Lane art college (12 x Unix Apollo workstations,  2D and 3D modelling and animation, CGAL (Peter Comninos) etc.).

Later still, London Institute teaching, then web industry, apps.

Now computers and text researcher at UAL CCI, Camberwell art college. Still in early stages.

1980s

Huge change in tech from 1980 (mainframes, coding with pencils) to 1990 (workstations). Micros appeared and improved over decade.

Warhol used Amiga, etc. – computers becoming unavoidable in art, design, music, film, smaller businesses.

Early artists moved into commercial work.

What is use now?

Archive, historical.

Educational examples – what can be done with relatively simple computers – hands on – Raspberry Pi

Artworks and merchandise on sale here soon  – archival prints, reprint of Magazine, MA1, MA2, MA3, MA4 Data Cassettes, Magazine 2, previously unpublished.