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Project Update!--2/13/07 Video Frame Export Added!

Due to some changes with the google images service I needed to fix my data scrape and release a new version immediately to fix a but with the images not showing up. So I have released a slightly less buggy new alpha version with the ability to pull in local files after an initial query has been made. It now features a video mode with png frame export. You can now create contextual video art from a simple web query. Cool. I have uploaded an early test video of a query for "pop art" here(2.4mb quicktime mpeg4)

I have released a much enhanced .exe version of RTCAG with command keys, animation loop mode, layer transparency control, font control, the ability change screen resolution, and the ability to export jpegs of your design.

New RTCAG 1.1 Alpha EXE Version --2/13/07
Get it HERE! (4mb rtcag_1_1_VID_Alpha.zip) Please email me ( don at donrelyea.com) if you run into bugs!

I went ahead and added the video frame export to the Real Time Contextual Art Generator. Now you can generate your own custom contextual video art by simply entering a search query. Download itHERE! (4mb rtcag_1_1_VID_Alpha.zip) ! Please email me( don at donrelyea.com ) with any bugs you find.

To export PNG Video Frames do the following:
1. Enter a Search query, "Billy Idol" for example.
2. Under the Video Mode pulldown menu select on off preview and you should see video moving now.
3. Under the Video Mode pulldown menu select on off render frames and you will be asked to chose a file name and location to save your video frames. The file name will be appended frame numbers automatically.

It is possible to adjust fonts and transparency while it is running. I like it best with maximum transparency, it tends to accidentally make fades and blends.

real time contextual art generator query for don relyea

Above video generated with search for "pop art" and "contextual art"
(click to launch 2.4mb quicktime in new window)

Due to a shockwave security update the tricks I was using to pull in the images from the google scrape no longer work so the preview shockwave movie is broken.

RTCAG has been accepted at the premier software art portal runme.org! RTCAG Project page on runme.org is here. The page at runme.org may be down for a few days while they moderate my updates.

Contextual visual art on demand.
Welcome to the Real Time Contextual Art Generator by Don Relyea. Contextual visual art on demand. This work is comprised of algorithmically generated layouts from contextual Google image search results. I have been experimenting with algorithmic art for some time now, since about 1993 or 1994. In fact the top treatment of this site was generated as well as the layouts of 2003,2002 and 1999 versions of my site.

Time to give my nods, this work in particular was inspired in part by Move's n_gen design machine. Its a clever app that makes infinite numbers of layouts from textual input. Its contextual in a sense but it draws from predefined source image libraries. It neat though check it out if you get a chance. This work is also partially inspired by articles I have read about Pierre Mertens interactive installation called Digita@l. Other influences are runme.org, artwarez.org and the high brow writings (manifesto) of Polish artist Jan Swidzinski.

The theory behind contextual art is based on concepts derived from the work of artists in the 1970's like Swidzinski. At the time a lot of artists drew heavily on social context like feminism, and later (80’s) post-modernism (be sure to hit refresh a few times) and the like. Back then those things were revolutionary and thought provoking, now they are mainstream. The big idea here is that artists conceptions are dated at the point of concept due to the ever changing meanings of words, artistic language and cultural norms. For instance, in 1950 "gay" meant "happy". In 2005 "gay" does not mean "happy". Same thing with "hot" and "cool". Those words used to have something to do with temperature. In 2005 they can used to describe just about anything.

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Likewise when Duchamp presented a urinal as art it was shocking, now you can do an image search for toilet art (see above images) and find a myriad of crappers. Today(06.19.05) its generally accepted that pretty much anything can be art.

Typically most visual art is stuck within the context of time and artistic statement when its made. But what if we create a design framework for a piece of art thats flexible. A dynamic framework that searches for recent contextual imagery from the vast sea that is the internet and real time algorithmically (based on set of mathematical rules) composes a layout from those results. The visual results are automatically ranked by popularity according a system of rules (in this case Google image search rules).

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So the image of the art statement changes with time, societies views and popular culture. At the time of this writing, querying for "disfigured" or "freak" yielded mostly designs with the recently acquitted Michael Jackson, King of Pop and dioxin poison victim Yuschenko (see above disfigured).

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The art work is contextually customized for the individual at the time the individual views it. It is available when the individual wants to see it, and only then, it is "on demand". My daughter wants to see apples, whales and Nemo. So we enter those queries and we receive art with whales or Nemo or apples in seconds.(see above)

The Real Time Contextual Art Layout Generator(500k opens in new window) is the first in a series of almost a dozen interactive contextual pieces that I am working on. When I complete my series later this year (2005) or next year, I intend to solicit locations for a large physical display space using projectors and some undisclosed technical tomfoolery to allow people to interact with the contextual art in real time.