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Verbum, LunaSea Productions and the Church of WOW
are pleased to present the
PLANET WOW UPLIFT
Salon + Gallery + Dance Party
Thursday July 15
10 pm-2 am
1074 Folsom (@9th)
Church of WOW's Music of the Spheres
€ DJ Goz - psygroove
€ DJ Shill - eklectic beats
€ Satori - psychedelic breakbeat
€ CaroLuna - live video/vocal performance
Virtual Playa demos by Andrew Johnstone
Innerdimensional Visuals by VJs
[with blendo of 2003
Burning Man by Luna]
Transparent Network Gallery - reprise from Digital Be-In 13
Sound System by Satori Sound
WOWerful Refreshments and Food
€ Smart Drinks by Life Enhancement
€ Crepes and Chai by Christof
$10 donation requested
(for the Burning Man WOW camp music fund)
PLANET WOW UPLIFT is a FUNd-raiser for the Planet WOW entertainment system
at the 2004 Burning Man
ABOUT THE SALON
This WOW Salon is being held in conjunction with the screening of What the
#$BLEEP*! Do We Know!? mind-expanding film (opening in SF on 7/23).
We are pleased to announce that What the #$BLEEP*! Do We Know!? And Alex
Grey's World Spirit will be screened on Planet WOW¹s giant Playa Video
screen at this year¹s Burning Man. http://www.burningman.com/
ABOUT ONE TASTE
A new Urban Retreat Center on Folsom at 7th specializing in workshops and
events focused on ³soulful sensuality.² This is the inaugural event at this
beautiful new venue. The ONE TASTE grand opening is on July 30.
THANKS BE TO THE WOW IN YOUR EVERY NOW!
Visit Planet WOW on the Web...and on the Playa
Distributed computing also has an aesthetic side. Consider the Electric Sheep project, dreamed up by San Francisco artist and programmer Scott Draves. The program has a "hall of mirrors" quality to it. It's a screen saver that generates new screen savers: incandescent fractal animations that twirl on the computer screen with a pulsing intensity. Draves wrote the original cod for the graphics, which he called a fractal flame algorithm, more than a decade ago. It was capable of generating mesmerizing animations, but there was a catch. He needed a farm of high-end computers and a few months to do the rendering just to generate a single 10-second sequence.addendum: it finally appeared on their website.
Draves's software code was eventually incorporated into a popular video-editing program called After Effects. One day in 1999 he received in the mail a videotape that showcased a series of fractal flames that someone had rendered on top-of-the-line machines. "I was really impressed with it," Draves says. "It was beautiful. One night, I was watching it with my friend, and I thought, 'Wow, I wish I could do this on my own, but I only have this stinky little PC.' It would take months to render it, let alone design it. SETI@home had just been announced, and the distributed-computing idea was in the air. So I thought, 'Let's apply that idea to rendering fractal flames.'"
Draves added a Darwinian twist. Not only would individuals contribute th unused processing cycles of their personal computers to rendering the animations, they'd also vote on the aesthetic merits of individual animations. Draves called these animations sheep in homage to the classic Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? which became the basis for the movie Blade Runner. Sheep that receive disproportionate number of positive votes pass on some of their visual characteristics to the next generation of sheep, while unpopular sequences have their traits die off. The result is a dual positive-feedback loop. As more would-be artists participate in the project, the rendering time decreases and the animations become increasingly visually pleasing.
The difference between the first-generation sheep and the latest incarnation is a vivid lesson in the power of evolution. The initial runs look like snowflakes or crystals: elegant but frozen in the their architecture. The latest runs look like an intoxicating blend of coral reef and fireworks display. They look alive.
Draves even sells high-resolution DVDs of his most accomplished sheep. In a strange way, you can think of what he does as the digital-age equivalent of farming: He takes a precious unused resource (sunlight, processor cycles), collaborates with a group of willing partners (plants growing fruit, computer users voting on attractive sheep), and persuades people to pay for the goods that he harvests.
Beautiful and mind-boggling. The endless zoom into the weird polyps of Ernst Haeckel is stunningly original.
Rudy Rucker, father of cyberpunk.
Spotworks is a totally mesmerizing display of etheric color and form. Projected at a party , I've seen the fractal flames utterly engross people on the dancefloor. It's a unique visual analog to psychedelic music.Thanks guys! I am honored to be associated with your good names.
Shakatura, DJ and Music Producer