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.

BibliOdyssey: More musical notation

Bibliodyssey: Musical notation

From BibliOdyssey: George Crumb: Makrokosmos I / Barry Guy: Bird Gong Game


Today’s post on the visual context of music is of potential interest to Generator.x readers. It deals with unconventional visual forms of musical notation, from the illustrative to the conqrete, from the ancient to contemporary. It should prove intriguing and well worth the time to indulge in both the images and links provided.


Cast-offs from the Golden Age

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"Cast-offs from the Golden Age" invites the user to adopt the position of the researcher, unearthing the specific local histories of digital games and gaming, in New Zealand. The user lays down Avenues of Inquiry, whereupon Events -- representing stages in the research -- occur, gaining the user knowledge for their research journal, additions to their ephemera gallery, and unlocking further goals, avenues and events. The piece uses audio, text, and visuals from the research, including historic items sourced from ephemera collections.


Silent London

Simon Elvins has some nice work but one recent cartographic exercise stands out as a cross between the 1748 Map of Rome by Giambattista Nolli and Learning from Las Vegas by Robert Venturi, Steven Izenour & Denise Scott Brown in 1977. The Silent London etching maps noise levels throughout London in an attempt to reveal the quiet and hidden pockets of the city so as to make them a destination, possibly diffusing the noise concentrations in other areas.


flickr image blending


several remarkable examples of blending tens of Flickr images which share the same tags (e.g. 'happy' versus 'sad', 'winter' versus 'summer', 'eye', 'circle', etc.). the result is then saved as a new image. the original photos are scaled to match the size of the average image. color levels are adjusted.
similarly, favcol adapts its background color of its web page as flickr's favorite color.

see also Jason Salavon's playboy centerfold averaging.
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virus & spam visualization


Several artistic data visualization applets that represent computer viruses & spam as part of an artistic project, titled 'visp' (VIrus & SPam). Similar to a biological virus, the art project mutates during the process. the applets cluster viruses & spam as cubes displaying identify code, the date of first detection & mail subject as a grey scale barecode, or use cellular automata to depict viruses as red dots & spam clusters as circles.

see also computer virus visualization & spam grafitti & email erosion. [ &]