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Grand Opening of Adobe Museum of Digital Media

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Adobe Museum of Digital Media
Adobe Museum of Digital Media Main Menu

Yesterday was the grand opening of the Adobe Museum of Digital Media and I was looking forward to my visit to this virtual museum of digital art. Arriving at the site – Adobe Museum of Digital Media – I found myself waiting for the museum to open in my browser. Unfortunately Adobe decided to implement their virtual museum as a completely Flash web site and that Flash file is really, really big. Even with my top of the line broadband internet connection, I had to wait some 45 seconds for the museum to open. A few browser reloads gave times in the 40-45 second range.

The museum opens with a city fly-around that focuses on the virtual museum building itself. This virtual building, a large white stylish futuristic looking building quite at odds with the surrounding cityscape, was designed by Italian Filippo Innocenti, an associate architect at Zaha Hadid Architect.

Adobe Museum of Digital Media Virtual Building
Adobe Museum of
Digital Media
Virtual Building


Upon completion of the fly-around the visitor is presented with three navigation options. One of these options is to see a message from the museum’s curator Tom Eccles, executive director and faculty member of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. The message is a brief introduction to the museum and the concept.

The second navigation option is to take a building tour. One of the sub-options, AMDM Cityscape allows you to replay the opening video. A second sub-option is Making the Impossible which opens a video describing the creation of the Adobe Museum of Digital Media with emphasis on the design of the virtual building that is meant to represent the museum.

The third navigation option is for the current exhibit. In terms of the actual art content, the current (and first and only) exhibit is Valley by Tony Oursler. I did not visit much of the exhibit because I did not find it to be particularly accessible from a user perspective.

There is also an option on various sub-pages to become a member by providing your email address and creating a user name. I joined as I am curious to observe how Adobe’s virtual museum evolves.

And Now – The Art Museum Review

My visit to the Adobe Museum of Digital Media was a disappointment. Not only does the initial page take an overly long time to load, but it also takes just as long for many of the sub-pages to load. In short, the site has a terrible time-to-content ratio – in fact the worst that I have ever experienced. Nor was I thrilled that the museum wound up kicking my laptop cooling fan into overdrive.

As to site navigation, at times it was not intuitively obvious where to click or where that click would take you. The flying eyeball that serves as your museum guide between the base pages was cool but only slowed things down more.

In conclusion, it looks like Adobe’s principal goal is to show off the virtual building they created to host the museum and to show off Flash’s visual capabilities. I think the public would have been better served if Adobe had concentrated on offering visitors a user friendly format in which to view digital art and to provide informative content in support of that art.

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New Art, a Poem, and Digital Art Reflections

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Impression of Water Lily
Impression of Water Lily

I just added new art to my Nature Gallery. Impression of Water Lily is a digital semi-abstract impression of a water lily. This is what I hope to be the first in a series of evolving impressions of similar botanic pieces. My objective is to experiment with different digital techniques of representing various flower-like structures found in nature.

Regarding computer art, here’s a poem I’ve just written that in part reflects the intellectual challenges faced by the digital artist.

I really like computer art
Painting with pixels is sweet
But reading all those manuals
Is anything but a treat.

One advantage traditional artists have over their digital artist counterparts is that after all these years paintbrushes are still paintbrushes and pencils are still pencils. Given the static nature of their tools, traditional artists can focus on refining their mastery of their tools. The same is not so for the digital artist. It frequently happens that even before one can master a particular digital tool, or explore its full range of potentialities, a new version of that tool or another tool comes along to replace it and the learning process begins anew.

The tools I learned how to use when I was first exposed to digital art (computer art as it was then known) in the early 1980’s are extinct today. In fact, today I’m only using one of the tools that I learned and was using in the 1990’s. It is the one graphics software that I have used the longest. I started with Adobe Photoshop 5 circa 1999 but today’s Photoshop CS4 bears little resemblance to that first version.

I fully expect this rate of change to continue. As operating systems progress and change; as old hardware dies; as graphics software packages cease to be supported and their owning companies go out of business; and as new graphics software offerings supercede in functionality capabilities of older software; we digital artists will remain on the upgrade treadmill with our noses buried in the manual of our newest digital tool.

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To Be Anonymous Added to Computer Art Gallery

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

To Be Anonymous
To Be Anonymous digital art.

To Be Anonymous is the newest addition to my Computer Art Gallery. Looking at this piece you may find it ambiguous and you’d be right. The subject is anonymity. To the outside observer, everyone in this crowd is anonymous. However, inside this digital painting there is one who, while a part of the group, is separate from it. What you the observer need to work out is this: is that individual turned away from us while the crowd face us, or is it the crowd that has their backs to us and the individual who stares out at us anonymously.

Back tomorrow with another new digital painting.

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Life Pulse – New Digital Abstract Art

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Life Pulse abstract art
Life Pulse abstract art

I must confess. I’ve not been very good at adding art, either old or new, to my web site. In fact I have a rather large backlog for each of the genres of art that I create. To make amends I plan to focus on adding my newest works of art over the coming weeks. The bulk of this art will be added to my Computer Art Gallery.

The first piece I am adding is Life Pulse. This work is currently on display at the Advocate Good Shepard Hospital in Barrington IL as a part of an exhibit of a selection of my digital art. For more, see Art Exhibit at Advocate Good Shepard Hospital in Barrington IL

Additional information about this digital painting and a wallpaper sized version are at Life Pulse abstract art page. Given that the original is 20 inches wide by 15 tall, not much detail is apparent in the wallpaper sized version. It does however provide a good representation of what the full size artwork looks like.

Check back in a day’s time to see what gets added next. And no, I haven’t yet decided what to add next.

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