hey strange, unreal, virtual world..
finally found e-mail with my new password - thanks Wendy..
well, its been a crazy few weeks - and I haven't managed to get to campus as much as I liked.. I did get to this:
which I found really, really inspiring and great to meet other artists working in similar fields to me.. A lot of work being done about the environment.. And this is making me want to join in - my initial obsession with media, communication, relationships, sexuality, etc.. is still there - and the potential for using the data - streams available to me with social-media API's is still very interesting..
But really enjoyed the potential for plugging into the weather.. A phrase that stuck in my mind was 'clean data' - getting reliable, good,constantly changing data is central to any data visualisation application - and actually harnessing this involves some quite extensive engineering - which is very interesting and exciting for an exploration, but I wonder if its better to leave it to the engineers - the met office, geography students, etc. And as an artist, concentrate more on doing something with the data - creating objects that can help connect people with the world beyond their computer screens - the wilderness - that is rapidly changing and evolving on a minute - by - minute basis - in fact the trains were all cancelled yesterday on my planned plymouth trip so I couldn't have gone anyway (i think - someone said??)
Anyway, also connected with my friend David, who is part of an arts collective, and is interested in doing work about the environment in and around the Torbay area - another meeting on 27th with him and his associates..
It also reminded me of my landscape gardening experience, when actually, when it went well, I touched an artistic element. Some of the gardens I designed and built were very beautiful installations..
and it is wonderful 'getting out there' and using my big, smelly, body to bolt wood together and pour concrete - just maybe not all the time - and please don't ask me to dig another hole, do any weeding through dog-shit, or lay another patio...
so wondering whether there might be a potential cross-over bewteen working with data visualisation on the front - end and maybe creating some sort of installation in the environment
loved this - loved the whole thing - whole approach, the tech, the project, everything - and reminded me of work i've done with different skilled tradesmen - builders, structural engineers, drainage experts, architects.. Would love to do stuff like this..
so basically my ideas are evolving - still very much sticking to my current 'core skills' - code - x-code - and creating an app on the ipad is my first goal - and there are lots of technical hurdles to acheive that - but the 'feed' - and the visualisation itself - the semantic messages - are all up in the air - but something feels really good about connecting with global warming and our crazy weather patterns - something wholesome...
also remoinds me of work I did at eden project - maybe possible collaboration..
making space for this artistic dialogue with myself - that is so important - and actually have neglected over the years.. that is something I am really grateful for with this opportunity..
so thats it - hoping to get down to campus tuesday this week as big code project with the indians is coming to close and time is less critical..