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Wired FEBRUARY 2007 - by Asami Novak
Brian Eno's morphing mashup of music and art.
The avatar of ambient, Brian Eno, has transformed the mashup into fine art. The musician's installation, 77 Million Paintings, is a multiscreen mélange of audio snippets and 300-plus images, including scans of his own paintings and snapshots. The morphing collage - typically displayed on up to thirty-five monitors and three 13x10-foot projection screens - has appeared at the Venice and Milan biennials and is headed to England in late winter for exhibitions at Selfridges' Ultralounge in London and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. The visuals, which Eno culled from his work over the past twenty years - like his Crystals series from the '80s - can form more than seventy-seven million combinations (thus the name). With the help of a programmer, Eno used off-the-shelf applications like Photoshop and Macromedia Director to create the generative software that orchestrates the digitized sounds and images. But the best part? You can get your own 77 Million: The entire exhibit is available on a DVD that will play on most computers. That's a lot of art for forty bucks.