For immediate release January 12th 2003:
Variablemedia is pleased to announce it's latest
project, os_anm by slateford. Started January 3rd 2003 os_anm will
be hosted for three months at www.variablemedia.org.
Os_anm is a lo-resolution pixel animation tool
(programmed in Java). It is partly inspired by the proto-digital
media of teletext. The tool combines drawing functions, playback
and its own scripting language. Slateford provide the tool, the
visitors to variablemedia provide the content. Animations created
on os_anm are stored in an online database. New animations can be
created, existing ones viewed, added to, or 're-mixed'.
Os_anm is open source prototype software. Currently
os_anm operates in an online environment. Slateford have decided
to use their residency at variablemedia.org to develop a standalone
version of the software. Updates to os_anm will be posted to the
site. The source code for each update will be freely available,
as will the final software when complete. A development kit to help
others develop their own variations and additions to the core system
will also be made available. Progress in the project development
will be reflected in changes to the Java applet on the site. New
functionality will be added to this to demonstrate and test developments
in the main software. Info on the software development, along with
source code downloads and the developer's kit, can be found in the
'development' section of the variablemedia project site.
Os_anm is currently suitable for: Mac OS X, Solaris,
Linux, or Windows 98/NT/2000. Windows XP users will need to upgrade
to the latest Service Pack.
Slateford are Simon Yuill (Scotland) and Tryggve
Askildsen (Norway). They have never met. Their work is produced
through online collaboration. It derives from their common love
of old-school coding and an interest in exploring its aesthetics
through contemporary computer media. All slateford works are black
and white. Slateford are supported by Lipparosa. Lipparosa is a
code repository for speculative software and theoretical codeworks.
It was set up by Simon Yuill in November 2002.
" - we are making old-time code - we live
in a grey world - we hope for the future but enjoy today - sometimes
we do not know why we do what we do - it works for us - we hope
it works for you - "
Variablemedia was created by artists Michelle Deignan
and Simon Goodwin as an Internet space for artists to explore place,
process and temporality. The www.variablemedia.org site hosts a
continuing series of artists' "site specific" web projects.
Artists occupy the site's space for a period of between one and
three months. This space is available for them to change, update
and add to during their project's run.
New Media Scotland are currently hosting another
slateford project called 'greylines 00-06', a series of interactive
code-doodles exploring simple graphical ideas. The project is presented
as part of New Media Scotland's HOST commissions and launched on
15th December 2002.
'greylines 00-06' at New Media Scotland:
slateford web-site: http://www.slateford.org
For further Information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For downloadable images from the Greylines project
click here. Images are available
on disc on request.