Twitter API Progress

Posted: January 31, 2020 at 2:53 pm

After creating my @AutoArtMachine twitter account I’ve been (manually) constructing a brand identity and profile as well as following and collecting followers. At the same time I’ve been looking into how to do the twitter automation for the Zombie Formalist.

My first attempt to apply for a twitter developer account failed (as I was considering automating following, liking, etc.); this is not encouraged by Twitter, so I’ve shifted my intention such that the Zombie Formalist will only post compositions and retrieve the number of “likes” for those tweets. Based on this revised use case, my developer account was accepted.

This morning I used my new Twitter Developer account to generate access keys for the API and successful ran some sample twitcurl code in C++! I only got as far as logging into twitter and getting followers’ IDs, but it is working. There is a problem in that twitcurl does not appear to be maintained and I was not sure the API was even going to work; so far it does. One issue is that this version of the library does not support uploading media, but I found this fork that does and will try getting that to work. There is very little out there on interfacing twitter and C++. If I get stuck, I’ll need to switch to python and figure out how to run python code inside C++.


Results of Integrated Test Using New Face Detector

Posted: January 24, 2020 at 5:53 pm

So I ran a test over a few days with the new HOG face detector (from dlib) to see how it worked in terms of visual attention and whether attention is a valid proxy for aesthetic value. The results seem quite good both in terms of the response of the system to attention and also how attention (albeit attention in the contrived context of my own home as the test context). The following images show the “good” (top), over 50 frames of attention, and “bad” (bottom), under 50 frames of attention, compositions.

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zombieformalist.com

Posted: January 23, 2020 at 10:24 am

I made a quick website using the domain I had already registered for the Zombie Formalist. The text is written as a marketing tease that frames the ZF as a commercial product, merging strategies #1 and #2 discussed here.

www.zombieformalist.com


Social Media and Brand Identity

Posted: January 14, 2020 at 4:29 pm

Based on my previous post about social media I’ve settled on Twitter and am working on a few materials for brand identity for this satirical company that makes the “AutoArtMachine” (aka Zombie Formalist).

I’ve also made a few mock-ups of the Zombie Formalist in public domain living-room images, and written a promo text:

Do you tire of the art hanging on your walls? When was the last time you even looked at the art you display in your home? Only to spark some conversation when guests come over? Imagine if the artwork in your home changed when you get bored of it. An infinite variety of abstract artworks could be presented in your home and without the effort of selecting it! The Zombie Formalist is the first product of it’s kind; it has an infinite capacity to create new artistic compositions and it uses AI to learn your individual aesthetic preferences and shows you more of what you want to see. The Zombie Formalist pays attention to artworks what you pay attention to and creates new artworks in that same style. The Zombie Formalist is an artist in itself: it creates new and unique works just for you and matching your preferences. There are no surveys or questions, it just pays attention to what you appreciate and learns what you like. Want to share the artworks made by your Zombie Formalist? The Zombie Formalist can also upload generated artworks to social media and your friends’ and followers’ likes can influence the aesthetic decisions of the Zombie Formalist, ensuring the creation of works your friends will appreciate. The Zombie Formalist is like having your very own artist in your home, creating new works on the fly that are always fresh and new.


Installation of final work in the M. O’Brian Exhibition Commons + RBC Gallery

Posted: January 10, 2020 at 1:09 pm