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their identities. That is it from me. More from two
o'clock. But first it is time for Click.
I asked them to make a sculpture of me. But I just do not think that
they got the hands right. This week on Click, a digital art
special. We look at the works that could set the old masters spinning
in their graves. And as these pieces give up the
ghost, we also find out how you keep them alive in the decades to come.
Even Webscape will take us on an artistic journey.
Prepare to be enlightened. This is the start of Art Season in
London, when all the Art fair is the start of Art Season in London, when
all the art first ascent of Art Season in London, when all we are
carers descend on the city. Open to Click and welcome to a show called
The Other Art Fair, which opens in just a few hours. There is a frantic
action in the background. This place showcases a lot of innovative
artists. There are all showcasing new technologies into artwork.
Digital art is gaining ground. But it faces the inevitable question. If
you can create it with a computer, is it really art?
The finite arts Society in London, Bastian of finite. Proper art. Only,
look a bit closer. Something surprisingly modern is going on.
This is transforming the painting by Robert is Nick Carter. They have
spent the past few years developing something that is fairly unusual.
They are digital paintings. They have taken an old Master and they
have brought it to life in the future. It is a painting of a dead
frog. The sequence lasts three hours and it takes you from the frog at
the very beginning when it is alive to a dead frog. The digital
animators using 3`D sculpting brought all the techniques for the
first time in this unique way. The team behind the animation usually
work on film special effects. It shows. The detail is minute. Each
portion has been rendered to make the entire composition as realistic
as possible. The finished article is displayed on an iMac screen. The way
it is presented, it is supposed to look like a painting. It is a world
first. It has been really well received. Selling for close to
$100,000 a piece, Robert is Nick Carter's work plays with the line
between traditional and modern art. They brought to life a 17th`century
painting by Justus Juncker. We were fascinated by the fact that people
look between artworks between 4`6 seconds when they visit a museum.
That struck a chord with us. We want artworks that held the view and
engage the viewer for a longer period of time. I think the stigma
of artwork that plugs in is really changing. You can accept that this
works in museums. What I really love about these two is that they just
look like oil paintings. You can go right up close to them and they look
like oil. But there are a pair of iPads. Part of the cell is that the
insects behave in an unpredictable and supposedly unrepeatable way. In
that sense, this work of art is unique. Except that it is not. Just
like all digital media, video files, music files, works of art, you can
make a replica of this by copying the files. Hackers are yet to turn
their attention to our like this. But to try and address this, the
pieces are sold with a certificate of authenticity from the finite
Society. To try and copy it, to try and hack into this is impossible.
What is really important to remember is that museums and institutions
have to make sure of there are ground rules in place for how to
preserve these things and preserve them. New display technologies have
provided new tools to digital artists. This Breathing Venus is
just breathtaking to look at. Using an ultrahigh definition for screen,
it is based on this 16th century painting. It completely falls me at
first. The resolution was so high I did not notice the pixels. We
wondered what 4K screens are for. Maybe this is the answer. John Lewis
has commissioned a range of digital artists to make content for these 4K
TVs. Graffiti artist Inkie took and illustration and animated it. It is
the first thing where I did something where all the art in a
gallery was digital. The richest was the same someone with the Van Gough
attempt. When I first saw these artworks, I assumed they were
computer`generated. But this is just the result of the artist shining a
light on a good old`fashioned kaleidoscope. That is about as
analog as you can get. This will be a landmark year for television. The
way we are seeing art, you can invite on your smartphone, tablets
and all your devices. The argument goes that all art is in a sense
becoming digital. You can now access and much traditional art online. And
then there are the new forums like this. A Japanese artist has written
code that is only viewable online. But some vegetable artists disagree.
`` digital. It ruins the whole experience. The experience is seeing
it in the frame on the wall. We want to do the complete opposite. But why
choose between a real gallery and a digital one? This is a virtual model
of an art gallery that will be built next year. It is standing at the
virtual banks of the River Thames. Overlooking the entrance to the
gallery. On display inside, a piece of work called Trans`Lux. This is a
piece that acts as a portal. So we can just walk through it to access
another piece. A videogame engine relies lies behind this work. But
you can only access it during the virtual days of the virtual gallery.
The gravity was reversed. In a way we are playing with the rules of
physics. We're creating our own rules. Like off`line exhibitions,
after three weeks it will close. The final of the piece will then be sold
as a limited series of three for around ?5,000 of pop `` a piece. All
other files be destroyed. The rest of us will be locked up of the
artwork forever. New technologies will continually
evolve. This piece analysed the brushstrokes that Van Gough used in
his latest sunflowers. It then extrapolated them into a
3`dimensional realisation. These were then assembled into a 3`D model
and then 3`D printed. Just a few years ago, this would not have been
possible. It does make you wonder where digital art will take us.
I wonder whether Van Gough would have used a 3`D printer if he were
around today. It is just another tool. Here are some examples of the
newest pieces of art, the 3`D printer artists.
The best thing about this concept for me is that you can make stuff
that would be impossible to create in any other way. You can make costs
for this stuff. There is a 3`D printer which is currently laying
down layers of plastic in the background. It is working on
something brand`new. The guys behind this exhibit a really excited by the
fact that higher resolution 3`D printers which use lasers are now
becoming more accessible. What digital art from Click in a couple
of minutes after a look at this week's technologies. Snapchat, an
application that is supposed to caused voters to solve the struck,
has had its central data base ability to self`destruct opera most.
Snaphack claims to be able to permanently save photographs. The
company has admitted to handing over a nude photographs to US law
enforcement authorities. First Google Glass and then aura.
2014 is going to be a busy year for augmented reality. The market is set
to be even more crowded. These classes work differently to other
models. They are fitted with tiny projectors which project 3`D images
on to reflect that surfaces. The user sees an image which looks like
a hologram. The project is funded from Kickstarter. Google is facing a
backlash over plans to use Google+ social network data in
advertisements. The changes will see names and
photographs appear below the advertisements of businesses. As a
protest, some users have Schmidtified their profiles,
replacing their own photograph with Eric Schmidt. A similar schemes or
Facebook shutting out $20 million in compensation after users were not
asked permission. Google uses says `` says users can opt out of the
service. And there is Wi`Fi at the bottom of Lake Erie.
The University of Buffalo created an underwater wireless network there.
Currently, data gathered underwater is difficult to share. That is why
the team want to create a standardised underwater
communication system for everybody. Can't see it being much of the
format there. One of the great things about
traditional art is that by the hundred years after you paint it,
you can still hang it in a gallery. Whereas a lot of the digital
artworks were light and technology which tend to go wrong every few
years. What happens when your expensive piece of digital art
breaks down or becomes obsolete was to mark we went to Germany to find
out. This is one of the most important
digital artworks in the world. There is one problem, it is broken.
Fortunately, its home is the home of digital art restoration. The ZKM in
Germany. The experts will have it up and running again. It may not look
like much, but this classic piece is worth over $1 million. Created in
1989 by Jeffrey Shaw, Legible Cities is one of the first real`time
interactive digital artworks. The faster you paddle, the faster the
words appear on the screen. The original software has already been
ported. So it can now run on modern`day computer hardware. This
process is time`consuming and very expensive. ZKM is the place to come
if your digital artwork breaks down. This museum has the largest
collection of native digital art. Many other pieces rely on
maintaining old hardware and equipment that is no longer
produced. This is Bar Code Hotel, an early 3`D digital work from 1994.
Let me show you how it is being powered.
Away from the eyes of museum visitors, in this car bed, there is
a purple Silicon graphics computer. This became obsolete, out of
production, 16 years ago. The museum tells as they have got ten of them
left, but they have no idea how long they are going to last. It is up to
the technicians to try to prolong the life of these obsolete machines.
This is the site fountain. It is from 1993 and was made by pioneering
digital artist named Empire. It was made from 14 original cathode`ray TV
sets, which are being pared all the time. It belongs to a private
collection in Switzerland, but they could not afford to maintain it
themselves, so the ZKM spends about $8,000 a year on preservation. Part
of the team behind this work is Doris Mueller. She works in the
museum's laboratory for antiquated video systems. She has 300 devices
at their disposal. We are in the middle of where it is at. We are on
the table. All the old video machines. We need to play open
RealVideo. They worked with these machines. This is an antique Blu`ray
disc. What is it? It was a laser disc and it was used in the late 70s
to play karaoke movies in bars and restaurants. Some of the
installations were still running from laser discs just until a couple
of years ago. So the reason for collecting all of this historic and
obsolete equipment is to showcase the art in its authentic form. But
in reality, this is not sustainable. That is why we need a second
strategy, which is migrating the work, migrating the darker of the
work, to a different platform, or even porting the programme to a
different system. To a different computer system, which is quite
complicated, and quite expensive. As well as migrating works, the files
behind the Art need to be stored. In the past, they were contained in
this giant jukebox. Dozens of CDs and DVDs holding just 1 terabyte of
darter. Now, these six draws in the server room act as an archive. It
holds 40 TB, and it is backed by a magnetic tapes, which they say is
more reliable. Although, all these efforts are not without controversy.
There is no consensus in the art world as to whether the wing to the
lengths to preserve digital art is the right thing to do. People
thought that digital technology is without any substance, so it will
exist. It must just be copied from one hard disk to the other hard
disk. But that is not the only solution. Since we have system
change in hardware and in software, the artwork is normally been lost
quite suddenly. Most of the artists to not think about that. Whatever
the disagreements, classical digital art would be lost for ever it
presaged `` preservation solutions do not evolve, and that means future
generations will miss out on this million`dollar digital experience.
I am pleased to say that she did not break the bike again.
Artists will continue to find new ways of being creative, whatever the
medium they choose. In New York, Banksy is proving just that point.
He has had a campaign of street art which features cars, trucks, and
audio tracks. It is time for Kate Russell to be creative, using the
medium of Webscape, on the vast canvas that is the internet.
Creativity is all around us, but if you cannot get to the art, why not
bring it to you, with the help of online projects, like the free
sculpture guide, and app released this week on iOS and android. Its
primary function is to be a guide for those visiting the sculpture
Park in London, but art lovers from all over the world can download it
to learn about the turnkey contemporary installations featured
in the park, and their creators. `` 20. Another amazing artistic
exploration takes is on a trip down the rabbit hole, with the kind of
incredible visual journey that only the interactive web can deliver.
Intranet is. `` intranet is. Gazing at this site as you sink deeper and
deeper into the delightful graphics and lose yourself in the ambient
sound effects and occasional quote from the book, it is hard not to
imagine how Dorothy must have felt. We are definitely not in Kansas any
more. If you need your internal location markers reset after such a
fantastical journey, here is something a bit closer to home.
Geoflickr. A selection of geo` tagged public photos that are close
to your location, from popular image sharing platform flick. You can
enter whatever location you want, so it can also be useful for checking
out what sites may be worth seeing when planning a trip further afield.
Once you come back from that trip with a hard drive full of stunning
digital photographs, give them a worthy home on the Web, with
SmugMug. Choose a portfolio templated, and customise it as much
and as many times as you like, in order to elegantly display your
digital life as a website. You can upload videos as well, and even use
the site to sell images to your fans. Unlike some of the other
popular photo sharing sites, SmugMug is completely private, and that does
not strip any of the meta data out of your photos and videos, which
means that a digital tag of your ownership and any other details you
have chosen to include, such as location and contend, will remain
embedded in your files wherever they travel on the Web. This service is
not free, but I think you have to axe it these days that if you are
not paying for something, you can thus be expected to be treated like
a customer. `` have to accent. But you do get a free 14 day trial with
SmugMug, and it is hard to resist the stunning platform that you can
personalise for sharing own creations. If you just want to share
the odd by all, take a look at ge.tt. You can use it in any browser
without any plug`ins or installations. You do not even need
to register, but doing so would increase your free storage limit, up
to two geeks. There is a Chrome extension as well if you prefer ``
prefer. It works in real`time. You upload your stuff and it does not
need to be finished before you can share the link, and others can start
downloading it. You also get on my statistics, which will be useful if
you are sharing content for promotional work purposes. Use the
links to share our cross the main social platforms, or just e`mailed
it to a recipient. This is not an ultra` secure stash for sensitive
files, although your files are semiprivate, so only those with a
direct download link should be able to find it. It is a great tool for
easy sharing it could see not an issue. `` privacy. As we have seen
today, the Web is a great playground, but you need to
understand the dangers as well. For some people, this can be a
challenge, and dare I say it, crushingly dull? Internet security
specialist Trend Micro have taken the unusual step of turning a white
paper on the subject of cyber crime, Project 2020, into a serialised web
drama, Hollywood style. It turns the tough technical information into a
related bull piece of fiction that we can all understand. `` relatable.
Tune in, where episode three of nine was released this week. Those links
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Thank you very much for watching. This weekend, the chances are that
you will get rained on on at least one of the days, but at least it is
mild. It has recently been very mild. Friday it was 18 degrees. The
average is close to 14 degrees. It is only in the far north of Scotland
where temperatures are a fraction below the average. Nine degrees, the
October average is 11. This mild air which has been coming from the
south`west in the last few days is here
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