Greg J. Smith
Since 2003
Works in Toronto Canada

Greg J. Smith is a Toronto-based designer and researcher with interests in media theory and digital culture. Extending from a background in architecture, his research considers how contemporary information paradigms affect representational and spatial systems. Greg is a designer at Mission Specialist and is a managing editor of the digital arts publication Vague Terrain. His writing has appeared in a variety of publications including: Creative Applications, Current Intelligence, Rhizome, Vectors and the Handbook of Research on Computational Arts and Creative Informatics.

Greg has presented work at venues and institutions including EYEO Festival (Minneapolis), the Western Front (Vancouver), DIY Citizenship (Toronto), Medialab-Prado (Madrid) and Postopolis! LA. He is an adjunct instructor in the CCIT program (University of Toronto/Sheridan College) and has taught courses for CSMM (McMaster University) and OCAD University.

wifi-sm news pain stimulation

wifism.jpglive news visualization via pain stimulation: an Internet connected wireless device that can be fixed on any part of the body. it automatically detects the information from approximately 4,500 news sources worldwide updated continuously & analyzes them looking for specific keywords such as death, kill, murder, torture, rape, war, virus etc.. each time the text of the news contains one of these keywords, the wearable device is activated through the Wi-Fi network, providing an electric impulse. this impulse is calibrated so a certain (safe) amount of pain can be felt. [ &|via]


poietic feed aggregator

a cool treemap-like HTML visualization that is capable of representing the keywords present within multiple RSS feeds, for instance those from various Internet sites (e.g. wikis, blogs, news websites, search engines). the map represents multiple feeds as smaller rectangles, that in turn contain the individual entries. the different colors (or 'imagettes') are associated to various user-chosen keywords discovered within the text entries. the last modified entry is positioned in top on the left, the oldest in bottom on the right. source code is available. [|thnkx Olivier!]


yahoo netrospective

An interactive visual interface that shows the 'top 100 moments' of the web from 1995 to 2005 to celebrate the first 10 years of the Internet. inspired by the original 10x10 concept, a real-time data visualization of popular, international news pictures & headlines. []


google zeitgeist 2005


A yearly study of several significant world events derived from the aggregation of billions of search queries people type into Google, showing human curiosity, thirst for news, & perhaps even basic desires. now in a very outspoken (but minimalistic) data visualization style. See also google search activity map for an animated time-based geographical world view of those billions of user queries. []


glitch browser

an online browser that 'glitches' & 'aberrates' all the images on the web pages requested by users. 'lovely discolorations, dislocations, pixellations & color bands infect the original image & invariably beautify content through this intentional corruption.' [|via]