AI and text generation used by professional writers – Research

Geoff Davis – AI text and writing – my University of the Arts London (at CCI UAL Camberwell) research on AI text and writers, that you might have been involved in (summer 2020), is now online at

Geoff Davis AI text generation – UAL Research

https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/18621/

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

Inspired by still image, 8-Bit Max still art, Siggraph Sparks

Still images

Inspired by the power of the still image, which is by far the most common of images appearing as NFTs etc., in 2021, I am releasing a series of ‘8 Bit Max‘ images expanded from my original generative algorhythmic images. See below for Siggraph Sparks online 3 Dec 2021 9pm GMT about still images. I will update this page with image links later, but please check Known Origin Micro Arts Group for updates.

Animated  GIF art is a hybrid type, usually a still image with a small amount of animation, often limited to small areas, and one change like a flip.

Here’s an experimental image I made earlier from one of the MA1 stills. They master image is hi res so can be zoomed.

MA1 Still image 8-bit Max
MA1 Still image 8-bit Max Geoff Davis 2021

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MA1 Still image 8-bit Max
MA1 Still image 8-bit Max

On Known Origin, where we were Featured Artist, there are a few 8bit artists, or people working with reduced colour sets, often at high resolution such as 4k. Such as:

Moertl

ETartist

jamfactory

Sparks – 3 Dec 2021

There is a new Siggraph Sparks session (online) ‘Within the Frame: Continuum of the Still Image’ moderated by Dena Eber and Sue Gollifer (December 3, 2021, 4PM EST/9PM GMT).

Visit: Siggraph Sparks

Info:

This 10th SPARKS session welcomes the presentation of artworks and projects that represent the continuum of image making and that reveal the essential ways that digital tools have moved it forward.  Thus, we are looking for artists, theorists, researchers and practitioners of any image making practice to present and talk about works that range from fully digital, to a hybrid of digital and traditional practice that illustrate the growth of image making since the onset of widely available digital tools.  The work or aesthetics may be about the medium or they might simply tell a story or illustrate concepts.

We are interested in a range of approaches including those from the past and those from the bleeding edge, using out of the box or homespun tools.  Still images of any kind are welcome as our ultimate goal is to not only establish how digital methods are essential to image making, but also to highlight and perhaps remind us that the single image is still powerful and still important now, more than ever.

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 Production (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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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)