[NetBehaviour] Shaking hands with dictators

dave miller dave.miller.uk at gmail.com
Thu Feb 24 10:33:57 CET 2011

Thanks for your helpful feedback Manik - not quite sure what you mean
really, but I agree that the background images need more work, more
order. I try to use networked data in such a way that it adds meaning,
but mostly it ends up as little more than decoration. Partly this is
due to my limited programming skills. This is a challenge for me, to
create beautiful pictures (and stories) which are dynamic, changed by
live data feeds which add new meanings/ aspects to the work. I still
feel a long way from achieving this, and maybe I should do something
more useful (but that's another discussion).

all the best, dave

On 22 February 2011 22:22, manik <manik at sbb.rs> wrote:
> Hi Dave,
> I find your intention to show background of recent bloody riots in North
> Africa deserve all possible attention.As you said its not completely
> finished.All I wish to say is that you could try to made some order in
> back...and perhaps for some next work you could try to make 'ideal'
> character of persons from both sides/'business man and dictator/.When you
> put face we recognize that look like whole mass is only their personal
> fault.But it's not and that's what you should show to all of us.
> Best  wishes
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "dave miller" <dave.miller.uk at gmail.com>
> To: "NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity"
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> Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 7:42 PM
> Subject: [NetBehaviour] Shaking hands with dictators
> http://davemiller.org/projects/shaking_hands_with_dictators/
> It's a work in progress, but here are some of my background notes:
> - it's a sketch with networked imports (from twitter feeds)
> - a sketch  - but then on top it has conflicting subject matter
> pouring in, making shapes and textures, which conflict and subvert the
> message of the main drawing, or add new aspects to it.
> - and photos - juxtaposed - showing - uk diplomacy, shaking hands with
> dictators
> - I am trying to show the hypocrisy - talking about democracy - the uk
> as a beacon for democracy - while uk companies are at same time
> selling arms to these dictators, for profit, for them to kill their
> own people, while the UK then stands back from and condemns the use of
> violence.
> - doing business deals with dictators
> - the twitter pictures - are one step removed from the twitter feed/
> comments - as each letter in the comments have been converted a->z
> into a picture for each letter
> Sorry, all a bit rushed, but would love some feedback so I can improve it
> many thanks
> dave
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