Odin is not only king of the ancient norse gods, but also the main website for Norwegian goverment information (odin.dep.no), and, interestingly, the first public digital space in Norway and perhaps in Europe to include publically funded art. Marius Watz has written a program he calls Tegnemaskin 1-12, Drawing Machine 1-12, which runs on Odin’s server and generates images based on simple algorithms. A section of the day’s image is shown prominently on the front page of the site and other sections show up under the left column menu, throughout the site, so it’s quite thoroughly integrated into the site. I think, though I’m not sure, that the image generated might depend on traffic and document structures on the server. There are no project descriptions in English yet, though they’re supposed to be imminent. Does anyone know of other art installations in public digital spaces such as this?

1 Comment

  1. Marius Watz

    Thanks for the mention, just a quick note to clarify: Drawing machine 1-12 are self-contained drawing systems, they don’t rely on external data like traffic or document structure. I am currently working on a new series that will relate to external data and user input. See http://www.unlekker.net/proj/drawingmachine13/ for a version of the first new drawing machine.

Leave A Comment

Recommended Posts

Machine Vision

Cultural Representations of Machine Vision: An Experimental Mixed Methods Workshop

Call for submissions to a workshop, Bergen, Norway
Workshop dates: 15-17 August 2022
Proposals due: 15 June

The Machine Vision in Everyday Life project invites proposals for an interdisciplinary workshop using qualitative approaches and digital methods to analyse how machine vision is represented in art, science fiction, games, social media and other forms of cultural and aesthetic expression.

Digital Humanities Machine Vision

What do different machine vision technologies do in fiction and art?

For the Machine Vision in Everyday Life project we’ve analysed how machine vision technologies are portrayed and used in 500 works of fiction and art, including 77 digital games, 190 digital artworks and 233 movies, novels and other narratives. You can browse […]