I was set a group task to come up with an innovative business idea that would later be pitched to a panel made up of Lecturers, Business Students and Entrepreneurs, this project is not an assessed part of our course however it is an opportunity to pitch an idea, receive feedback and possibly receive funding for it if we come up with the concept the panel likes the most.
1st Mockup of Application
We started off wanting to included ebay and amazon shopping suggestions but found that currently the API’s for both of these platforms are very seller based and don’t give enough data to be useful.Our idea stemmed from looking at the popularity of flipboard, our original idea was to create a sports events app which collated sports events, with videos, pictures and tickets all in one place, this idea however has now changed. We are aiming to create a suggestion application for a variety of platforms which is account based and can retrieve information from sources such as grooveshark, facebook, netflix etc to narrow/refine the suggestions to suit the user. The app will suggest a variety of media that the user may be interested in such as videos, films, music, tv shows, books and more and then giving in app price comparisons and links to purchase/view the media.
This past weekend I visited London for the OneDotZero_Adventures in Motion Festival, we travelled up on the friday morning and arrived in Southbank late afternoon in time for a showing of some processing pieces in a small screen studio in the BFI, I found that this work was pretty amazing, considering the experiences I have had making relatively simple stuff using processing that these digital artists could create really cool looking pieces of art using the same medium.
Below is a short video I took of one of the clips.
On the friday we also looked at an audio installation using multiple microphones and speakers to create a cool effect when put through specifically designed software which delayed the transmission of some sounds and repeated others…
On the saturday we headed to the Tate where I found that I was not impressed by a large amount of the ‘artwork’ being displayed, it appeared as if most of it could have been done by a child and that all that was need to justify this was reasoning behind the ‘art’. There were obviously stunning pieces of artwork that must have required enormous amounts of skill to create, but on the most part I found I was getting frustrated by the rediculously simple artifacts that were left in glass containers and called modern art…
There were a couple of video pieces I found particularly irritating however, one was a video of a tramp kicking a bin down the street and the other was of some rubbish being blown about in the wind.
I found these annoying because there is no reason to waste space in a popular ART gallery with this when there are truly talented artists out their who struggle to get their work shown effectively!
But I am going off on a tangent here and getting into the dangerous territory of the question ‘What is art?!’
Below are a few pictures from the trip the the Tate.
Below is a photograph of one of the pieces that particularly irritated me because of what the piece actually looks like (feces strewn across the floor) HOW IS THIS ART?! …
After leaving the Tate gallery we returned to the BFI, we took a look around the exhibits we hadn’t had a chance to look at on Friday night, there was an app on shown called Granimator which looked quite interesting but my favorite exhibit was a lighting piece using small lightbulbs and small mirrors pieced together into a hanging row of 6 which switched on and off in different sequences creating a very cool effect on the floor and walls of the dark room in which the exhibit was located.
Mirror lighting exhibit:
Our final stop was a large cinema in the BFI in which a future cities film was shown, I have added a trailer of these clips.
All in all the weekend was very impressive however I was fairly disappointed with the size of the onedotzero ‘festival’ as it consisted of a couple of exhibits and 3 theaters when I was more expecting a larger event type layout such as E3 (the video games show).
This weekend I am going to the onedotzero_adventures in motion festival at BFI Southbank London.
It is billed as “the worlds most innovative audio-visual festival” so it will be interesting to hopefully see some inspiring work which will help me with ideas for future course projects aswell as non-course work!
I will post up with stuff that I find interesting at the show once I get back!