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table of contents
project, portfolio, and social links
June Tweetcart Token Club Piece: emergence III
highlight: curated ideocart bootlegs
highlight: sedimentary city
highlight: the city is burning
highlight: The Trace Gallery
what’s my wallpaper
current plans, previous plans, and updates
working on the July TTC Tweetcart
working on the June TTC Tweetcart
need to get a new AI art generation pipeline figured out, due to conjure.art closure
more community curated pico_punks to mint! they’re coming, I promise!
WIP ideocartography piece, p5js, for fx(hash)
unannounced collab [on hold, awaiting new AI art pipeline]
unannounced ideocartography collab
normal talk for people to treat with generosity
fancy talk for lawyers to argue about
I seriously had a blast making the tweetcart for June. I’ll probably go back to the emergence series at some point, but for now this is the end of it. The whole concept behind this series is that very high randomness and simple primitives (in this case short lines ranging from 1-16 pixels long) can become “entropically locked” using seed looping, creating stable emergent patterns that are really enjoyable to look at. With emergence III I think I really nailed that goal.
In this case in particular, I did a live stream describing the algorithm, and answering questions from chat. You can watch a recording of that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaaEJ4A5Hyw
It’s about 30 minutes long, and it includes some minor inaccuracies when I’m discussing some of my own code, but I think you will find it interesting if you want to know more about how my tweetcarts work. In terms of what is inaccurate, I’m just making too many strong claims about the exact seed looping mechanics. I honestly am here in glitch city just messing around, creating and harvesting bugs, it would be wrong to create the impression that I know 100% with certainty the full bounds of my generators, and the full extent of their behaviors.
Anyway, I won’t re-explain here what I explained so thoroughly in the video :) . Let me know what you thought in the comments!
Also, it’s a random flex, but I’m oddly impressed with myself for the code golf in this one. While still being a tweetcart, it has code for a click/touch based UI, including generating new outcomes, and saving gifs of what you generate.
tldr - too long, didn’t read:
It’s getting weird in here. If you’re paying attention, you may have noticed that I’ve launched a new series on objkt.com. I’ve been meaning to mint a collection there for a long time, but I was really waiting for the perfect opportunity. This particular generator is a continuation of the newish p5js ideocartography series I’m exploring. The more I worked on it, the more I continued to be frustrated by two things:
1. high frequency of amazing outputs, which blow me away
2. high frequency of super boring mega lame outputs, which make me wanna cry
Despite originally thinking of this as a long-form genart project, for fxhash, point number 2 was really starting to push me away from that. I realized I was spending so much effort to improve the generator to avoid bad outcomes, I was also losing a lot of the magic that made me really like the generator in the first place.
So, now I’ve realized how to best use this generator. As I generate things, I curate the best of the best and save them for minting. I will also change the algorithms from time to time, as it suits me, because I’m an experimenter and you can never take that away from me lol. For this series, expect only pieces that I really love, all 1/1. Let me also explain the concept behind the series:
The Department of Ideocartography is a branch of the Foundation, an organization originally created to study Vestiges of the Dead God. As the Foundation grew, many different branches and departments needed to be created, to address the many new discoveries arising from the study of the Vestiges of the Dead God. The DOI specifically is charged with the study and containment of Informational Entities, beings of the same nature (but not order) as the Dead God. Think of them as the lesser angels and demons in this plane of existence. The DOI has been around for almost as long as the Foundation, and Ideocartography is a time-tested method for both the summoning AND containment of Informational Entities. Eventually, other methods, originating from outside the DOI, have arisen for conducting Ideocartography. The DOI refers to these as “Bootleg Ideocarts”, or just “bootlegs”. Typically, they are extremely dangerous. The containment methods in use tend to be haphazard and poorly executed, compared to the time-tested (but massively secret) methods used by the DOI. Nonetheless, study of these methods often yields interesting insights into both novel containment methods, as well as the Informational Entities themselves. Thus, it is deemed worthwhile to study these bootlegs.
This series: `curated_ideocart_bootlegs`, is such a study of these bootlegs. The whole thing has been tasked to a single junior employee, and there seems to be very little oversight. The descriptions are written by this employee, and, in theory, are being read by senior researchers at the DOI.
My feeling is that the repeated exposure to these bootlegs is beginning to have an effect on this person.
1 tez, 136/256 minted so far
Sometimes you make a piece because you’re kind of in a bad mood and you just want to relax. I’ve said before tweetcarts are my most emotional pieces. I don’t know how it ended up being that the most restrictive medium I enjoy (Pico-8 + tweetcart) ended up becoming my most expressive format. There’s just something about the process that feels so direct. There’s no loss between my intention and the outcome, I can see the full algorithm in my mind’s eye or whatever. So I feel very connected to each tweetcart as I make it. I’ve tried before, and I’m basically incapable of making one unless I have some sort of driving obsession pushing me forward. I mean I can make something that looks alright but:
1. I usually don’t think it’s that good
2. my brilliant wife G also doesn’t think it’s that good 😆
I actually have a lot of tweetcarts that I’ve never published. Maybe 20-40 or so, which means I share maybe 30-40% of them. I’m finding I’m getting pickier as time goes on.
Anyway, I’m rambling, I haven’t really discussed this piece in particular yet.
This piece is composed of scanning horizontal lines, in which ovals and/or rectangles are drawn, with increasing size. Colors are randomized (within the available 32 pico8 colors), and a max of 9 are used in each piece (rarely it can be lower). Once a certain size is reached, seed looping is used to reduce entropy, creating a variety of distinct repeating shapes that tend to be different in each outcome. To me, the first one I made looked a lot like a ruined city, extremely lofi. I didn’t save that output, and I was never able to recreate it. However, as I explored around the concept, I found a lot that I loved, and this final version is one of my favorite tweetcarts so far.
If you want to play with the source code yourself, and make your own versions of this tweetcart generator, you can try it here (the URL itself is the tweetcart data): https://www.pico-8-edu.com/?c=AHB4YQECAMBPcE5x-9n5C1RvkJ3tg8MfILrghLIJw_qMU7qurcIouv0Jyv3742tuqS-aKMN_Y2IhTuvmoGBhI7_pS6LrRUMmmpGHaMKzopcwydLAwMRAe1dvgcMsoiCOu46vRpaW_ngs7q9rd8SFZu7ayefimUpw4DDBgTbpmkxM4KomnJhJU5ulXbdUbTzE3tbKTBLMbEzlRTKyVw1cNjQUlkatGlmxkSLci95BKPxnq2sgWnBdcH8RPMFKVaxW&g=w-w-w-w1HQHw-w2Xw-w3Xw-w2HQH
If you make anything awesome, you can save it by typing the command: `save @url` and saving the URL that gets generated (in your browser’s address bar). Send the link on twitter or discord and let’s share what we come up with!
5 tez, 32/64 editions minted so far (and 6 reserved prior to mint via a twitter thread)
This piece is the partner to `sedimentary city` (sc). I thought to myself: what if I ported the algorithm from sc to p5js? So I tried it, and it wasn’t quite the same, but it was still interesting. Next I spent a lot of time playing with the colors, and the dimensions, and eventually the camera angle, exploiting a clipping glitch that causes the flamelike effect (it’s also why the right side of the city is usually taller). The source code is in the fxhash token description.
I was really tempted to make a version with more random colors, but while it looks cool you do lose the feeling of FIRE, and the city is in fact burning so that is not good.
collect (and/or play) it here: https://teia.art/objkt/717500
play it here when IPFS is shitty, or for potentially nicer mobile support: https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=47359
115 114/128 editions available, 20 tez each
If I was to say I had a “masterpiece” so far, this would be it. It’s strange, it’s weird, and it doesn’t fit neatly into any genres. It exists simply because that’s what it had to be, that’s what was in my mind for the last year, and I had to get it out.
The world of the Foundation, the Vestiges of the Dead God, The Library Ruin, etc. is not finished. This is a world I dream of constantly, and the stories there continue to inspire my art. However, The Trace Gallery is the first “solid” glimpse into this universe. Not a simple peep through a piece of art or a concept, but fully a realized artifact from this universe. Play it for free, and feel what it’s like to succumb to the Dead God...
monogrid 1.1 CE #27 - by Kim Asendorf (https://www.fxhash.xyz/gentk/784815)
completely mind-blowing, and on top of that it was a gift
thank you Kim Asendorf!
it runs live! See this tweet (via nitter) by sableRaph to see how: https://nitter.net/sableRaph/status/1524016707374923776?s=20&t=Qm7VW2lt6tepROB-bS3-6Q
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