The cold entered it’s last gasp today (which I know because I’m writing this, um, tomorrow, and I’m mostly better) and it was a nasty gasp. Woke up very groggy and the groggy didn’t shift for most of the day. So I spent it on the sofa again making more Deep Dreams. Being ill is oddly good for my art as it limits the speed of my brain and forces it to do boring iterative things rather than jump from one concept to another. It’s no co-incidence that my most widely spread piece so far was made when I had a nasty cold. So when The Creators Project put my Lizard Selfridges on their roundup and Instagram it didn’t surprise me terribly.
Surfing the hype period of a graphical meme is a bit weird. You know it’s mostly superficial and will soon be discarded by the cool hunters, but there’s something interesting going on here, something important about how images can be created from other images, which informs into how humans perceive images. On the one hand I’m playing into this by deepdreaming Birmingham icons, but on the other hand I’m trying to keep it focussed and use that to better understand the systems at play here. And the best way to do that is to keep making images with it.
In other news a big burly builder took away our patio today and some more builders will be replacing it with a new patio, plus a proper fence to keep the rabbits in their paddock. More on this as it develops.