Developed for my final project as part of the Interactive Media Production degree at Bournemouth University. This consisted of an interactive interface, available both as a standalone and online version.
The user enters a search term, and begins their journey...
Del.icio.us is used to generate a pool of tags for the search term, ordered according to frequency of occurrence and relevance. These tags are then used to search for related photos from Flickr. Due to the arbitrary nature of tags, and the way people develop their own folksonomies the photos returned will more often than not be seemingly un-related to the search term.
The generative art mixer gives you a chance to play with the results from del.icio.us and flickr, and visualise these results. The aim here is not to accurately re-create the information from the search, but abstract it to the point where it becomes a form of representation, with less emphasis and importance placed on the actual content itself and focussing on creating a more powerful visualisation.
The way that the user struggles with the generative art mixer to get what they want is similar in how one might struggle with poorly tagged data. The user has some level of control, yet where they are taken; the journey they experience is determined by the computer, and by the data pulled from delicious.
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