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Roots of Moving Painting: Walter Ruttmann

Published April 3, 2012 at 10:36 am

“Walter Ruttmann (28 December 1887 – 15 July 1941) was a German film director and along with Hans Richter and Viking Eggeling was an early German practitioner of experimental film. Ruttmann was born in Frankfurt am Main; he studied architecture and painting and worked as a graphic designer. His film career began in the early
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How do line, shape, and color behave when the gates of Time are opened to them?

Published March 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm

How do line, shape, and color behave when the gates of Time are suddenly opened to them? I suggest that even the most skilled artisans have only just begun to explore this question.  The prevalence of narrative in moving mediums has marginalized this question for many years.  Of course a great film does wonders with
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Leaders in Software and Art in NYC invite Dan Hermes to Present

Published December 3, 2011 at 2:27 am

Dan has been asked to speak by New York City-based organization, Leaders in Software and Art (LISA).   He was chosen by Erik Sanner for the originality of his portfolio of works and his use of technology in production. His work is of interest to LISA as it resides at the intersection of art and technology.
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Stop Crying Over Spilt Genius

Published November 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

What is it with the incessant lamentation that artists didn’t “get what they deserved while they were alive”? It’s probably their own fault, so knock it off. Take note of the artists who sought attention in their own time compared to those who did not.   What sense does it make to mourn those who didn’t bother asking for recognition? 
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Teaching a Computer About Music: A Flight of Speculation

Published September 15, 2011 at 1:48 am

My ability to execute my creative ideas is far outstripped by my volume of thoughts of possible art to come. Therefore I present my first speculative essay.  The topic is the use of computers to advance the practice of music composition and performance: Due to it’s mathematical roots, music lends itself well to use in
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Robert Seidel Exhibits on World’s Largest LCD Screen

Published September 9, 2011 at 12:16 am

Robert Seidel is one of the more original and skilled video painters alive, wielding novel techniques, a solid color concept, and a heartfelt sense of time. His work recently showed on the world’s largest LCD display, mounted on the Seoul Square Building in Korea. The screen stands at 78 meters (256 feet) high, stretching 99
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Shoot First, Focus Later: Digital Camera Breakthrough

Published June 22, 2011 at 9:12 am

The Lytro camera employs a breakthrough technology called a microlens array to gather a significantly larger amount of data with each shot.  The photographer, or others, can later sift through this data using computer tools, adjusting the focus point of the picture in post-production.  The concept was first proposed by the founder of Lytro, Ren Ng,
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Mark Stock presents at LISA

Published June 9, 2011 at 1:08 am

Leaders in Software Art (LISA) is an artist-run salon in New York dedicated to art which is generated by code.  Thirty to fifty artists, collectors, and curators gather in a loft or artist studio each month to hear several artists present their work.  The event is curated by Isabel Walcott Draves, wife of Scott Draves
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The First Computer Musician

Published June 8, 2011 at 11:12 pm

In order to understand our world of computer-aided visual art, it’s worthwhile to look up from the screen and and see others fighting the same battles in nearby mediums.   Computer music parallels computer visual arts in many ways. Here’s a splendid New York Times article about one of the original technical music crusaders, Max
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Sept. 24-25, 2011 – 18th Annual JP Open Studios

Published May 27, 2011 at 12:05 am

In the Place Where We Live Dan Hermes is exhibiting a series of portraits and landscapes featuring the New England area. Sept. 24-25, 2011, 11am-6pm Hope Church 85 Seaverns Avenue Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 map Downloadable map of the entire event with all artists.  We’re #14 18th Annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios


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Kitchen’s Door by Erik Sanner

Published April 28, 2011 at 6:47 pm

“Kitchen’s Door”, Erik Sanner 2011 Video projection onto oil painting on wood panel 23″ x 40″ used with permission can be seen at A TOOL IS A MIRROR Boston Cyberarts 2011 @ Mobius 725 Harrison Avenue, Suite One Boston MA 02118 Fri Apr 22, 2011 – Sun May 08, 2011 A Tool Is A Mirror Every keyboard
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Summer, 2011 – Fluid Perimeters: Moving Paintings at the Cyberarts Festival

Published April 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Exhibit runs thru June, 2011 Cyberarts Central Waterfront Square Atrium 290 Congress Street Boston, MA Details here The dramatic glass-enclosed Waterfront Square Atrium at Atlantic Wharf in downtown Boston is the site of an exhibition of slow-moving dynamic digital painting, digital animation, and algorithmically generated software that explores fluid dynamics and digital and artificial life. Works
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Anne Spalter Video Drawing Acquired by Albright-Knox

Published April 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Anne Spalter’s digital video drawing, “Fracture”, shown at Stephan Stoyanov’s gallery in NYC in Feb 2011, has been acquired by the Albright-Knox museum in Buffalo NY. ‘It’s permanent collection, which includes works by most of the great artists of the late 19th and the 20th centuries, as well as many emerging artists, has been cited
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Drawing with Code: A Review of Computer-Generated Art

Published April 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm

review by Dan Hermes – Drawing with Code: Works from the Anne and Michael Spalter Collection is a computer-generated art exhibition at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in early 2011.  Pieces date from 1952 to 2007 and draw on twentieth century visual art inspiration, bold color juxtaposition, strong visual composition, and shapes speaking for
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How Are Moving Paintings Used?

Published April 8, 2011 at 10:15 am

Moving digital paintings are used in one of three ways: Framed – one or more framed flat-screen televisions Projection – on walls, floors, or ceilings Licensed – paintings for pre-existing televisions, computers, or displays FRAMED Framed moving digital paintings range in size from six inches to sixty inches for single screen installations. Forty plus sized
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Keyboard CD Release: a wake to c

Published March 30, 2011 at 1:10 am

The new album is here.  Keys, composition, and recording by me, Dan Hermes.  Details here.


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What Is Moving Painting? Part I

Published March 8, 2011 at 10:08 am

Moving painting is a growing genre of art designed for display on flat screen televisions and projection installations.  Also called video paintings, dynamic paintings, ambient paintings, moving digital paintings, and ambient video this medium exploits the ubiquity and affordability of screens and monitors in today’s world.  Drawing on the western tradition of oil painting, these compositions
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Kanye West’s Moving Painting

Published August 5, 2010 at 3:34 am

It seems that Kanye West has made his contribution to the moving painting genre: The compositing, aspect, and speed juxtaposition considerations in this video are not insignificant.


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IIDA/Hospitality Design Magazine Winner

Published May 27, 2010 at 2:37 am

Winner of the 12th Annual IIDA/Hospitality Design Magazine Product Design Competition – Artwork


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Microsoft vs. Adobe: Silverlight vs. Flash, Expression vs. Creative Suite

Published April 28, 2010 at 7:12 pm

            Flash vs. Silverlight: a useful technical comparison here at Smashingmagazine.  And the winner by category: Animation – Silverlight File size – Flash Scripting – Silverlight Video/Audio – Silverlight Sound processing – Flash Accessibility – Flash Platform compatibility – Flash Text representation/SEO – Silverlight Supported image formats – Flash Socket programming
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