In Search of iPad Art

March 15, 2012

Some of my work featured at the Armory Show/VOLTA in New York last week.


CULTURE SHOCK presents BOOM!, a good old-fashioned celebration of technology, creativity, physicality, and art.

The BOOM! exhibition experience begins in the elevators taking visitors to the show, where a series of generative animation artworks by Glenn Marshall will be screened, including Supernova, Eyegasm and Zio.

When input/output jacks were incorporated into boomboxes, allowing for the coupling of devices such as microphones and turntables, an explosion of creativity occurred. New forms of dance emerged, new forms of music, as cultural experimentation was taken to the streets. This installation pays homage to that energy.

Zio available world wide

November 8, 2010

My free iPhone app Zio is now available for download in all countries ūüôā


iTunes link

Latest painting mode implemented in my Art Cam app, giving the look of an old cracked oil painting.

The shots of the park and trees make use of a an exposure lock feature I just built in too – I can point the phone to a bright part of the sky, lock the exposure, and then recompose the shot lower down on some shaded glade areas in the trees – picking up some nice shadows and warm evening greens and highlights.

Suprisingly I’m still not playing around with colorzing the palette – the painting algorithms seem to do a good job of taking the actual image from the camera and reproducing the colors in an artistic way without actually changing the color. One aspect of this is perhaps how the video noise (fluxuations in RGB values based on thermal interference etc) combined with the space/color averaging technique from my Mosaic code, are naturally creating an artistic impression of the colors.

I’m having a lot of fun going about taking snaps like this, as immediate ‘paintings’. ¬†You’re constantly looking at the world through an impression of it, which subtly is synthesizing the notion of art and photography. ¬†Painters after all strive to give an impression of the real world through the veil of brush strokes and color mixing. ¬†Why shouldn’t computer algorithms be doing the same?

Painting the moment

August 14, 2010

Trying out the first brush painting mode for my Art Cam app – it’s quite basic at the minute, but I’m happy with the results.

Decided to test drive it going out for a coffee and a stroll in the park on a sunny day.  The pics are taken like photographs, the iPhone paints the scene in real time, and hit camera button to take a snap.

It uses my mosaic code as the basis to analyse the incoming camera feed and average out similar areas of color into a single block. ¬†A stamp of a simple brush sprite is then painted into the block according to the block size, and also with some randomisation of position to avoid ‘grid’ artifacts. ¬†The smaller the block area, the less randomisation, so that some level of detail can be maintained.

There are no colorizing/palette fx yet on the images – these pics use the colors straight from the camera view, but I have some coloring algorithms done which I’ll be showing next, with hopefully some more development on the brushed painting mode too.