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Spot Draves Brings Digital Art to Gnomedex


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Spot is a visual and software artist living in New York City. Draves is best known as the creator of the Electric Sheep, a continually evolving abstract animation with over 60,000 daily participants. Draves’ award-winning work is permanently hosted on MoMA.org, and has appeared in Wired and Discover magazines, and even as an official skin for Google Chrome.

When not working as a full-time artist, Draves has worked for a series of technology start-ups. Draves is now an engineer in the mapping division at Google Inc. Spot started VJing at underground parties in the early 90s and still performs live.

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Electric Sheep Will Frolic at Gnomedex

I wrote about the Electric Sheep screensavers which flit across my desktop in the past. Electric Sheep is a collaborative artwork, which was founded by Scott Draves. It’s run by thousands of people, from all over the World. When their computers “sleep”, the Electric Sheep turns on. The computers then talk to each other over the Internet. They share the work of creating abstract animations that constantly morph and change… known as the “sheep”. The result is an “android dream”, which pays tribute to Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

Scott Draves – artist extraordinaire – will be joining us on stage at Gnomedex 2010. is a visual and software artist living in New York City. Draves’ award-winning work is permanently hosted on MoMA.org, and has appeared in Wired and Discover magazines, and even as an official skin for Google Chrome. When not working as a full-time artist, Draves has worked for a series of technology start-ups. Draves is now an engineer in the mapping division at Google Inc. Spot started VJing at underground parties in the early 90s and still performs live.

Scot’s software artworks are released as open source and have been used for two decades by many other artists and designers in their own work. We are excited to have him as a presenter this year at Gnomedex. Tickets are still available – grab yours today!

Free Screensavers


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I’ve been making software and hardware recommendations for over a decade, and this one would definitely make my top ten. It’s a free, cross-platform, and breathtaking screen saver that’s been playing on my 30″ screens for the past few days. I decided to take videos from the cache and compile them into this demonstration. What you’ll see on YOUR computer will likely be even more amazing.

I rarely change screensavers. Every time I do, I get flooded with emails and questions, wondering where I’m getting my screensavers. Therefore, this is going to stay for awhile on my machine. It’s not only cool… it’s also beautiful.

Electric Sheep is a collaborative artwork, which was founded by Scott Draves. It’s run by thousands of people, from all over the World. When their computers “sleep”, the Electric Sheep turns on. The computers then talk to each other over the Internet. They share the work of creating abstract animations that constantly morph and change… known as the “sheep”. The result is an “android dream”, which pays tribute to Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

You can also vote on your favorite, with just the click of a keyboard. The most popular sheep live longer than others, and continues to evolve. You can also design your own sheep and submit it to the gene pool!

You can, of course, save these as a video and use them for whatever you like, just like I did for this video! If you know of other wicked-awesome screensavers (or software!), be sure to let me know. However, please try to only send me things that are cross-platform.

Addendum

Two people have now written in, claiming that this screensaver is full of malware and spyware. This is something I take very seriously, so I checked into the situation.

Any version of this prior to 2.6.3 carried vulnerabilities that could have been exploited in an attack. However, all versions since that time have had no issues, and carry no malware.

As the current version is now 2.7b23, I think you’re fine. 😉

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