Snappy Snaps

July 21st, 2010

This is a guest post by Filip Visnjic of CreativeApplications.Net.

I met Pieter for the first time in Berlin earlier this year at a small exhibition in Kreuzberg, part of Berlin’s Transmediale. On show, amongst many was Julius von Bismarck with his Image Fulgurator and Pieter passionately talking to me about it. Of course, Pieter has covered it as he does always the most exciting and interesting content on the web. It’s a pleasure to be part of the 5th year celebration…thank you Pieter and Happy Birthday!! Today and Tomorrow! Now, my little contribution to the wonderful collection of projects on T&T.


Created by Berlin based Andrew Kupresanin, Nadia is a camera that has no display of the photographs to be taken, but rather gives the judgment of aesthetic quality to the machine, displaying only a current rating as feedback about when and what to snap. The camera shown here comprises a PyS60 script running on a Nokia N73, a Java App running on a Mac and the online ‘aesthetic quality inference engine’ ACQUINE . The PyS60 script takes a photo which is sent via Bluetooth to the Java App, and from there uploaded to ACQUINE. The returned rating is then sent back to the camera N37 and displayed.


Artificial Smile

Artificial Smile is a collaboration between Stefan Stubbe and Andreas Schmelas realized in the summer semester 2009 at “Digitale Klasse”, University of the Arts, Berlin. The camera plays with the notion of perfection and auto-retouch. Created as a picture apparatus, it shows only smiling people’s picture to be taken, irrespective of their former emotional state.



Buttons in a project by Sascha Pohflepp playing on the notion of the camera as a networked object. Unlike a conventional analog or digital camera, this one doesn’t have any optical parts. It is a camera that will only capture a moment at the press of a button by recording only the time it was pressed. Quickly after it begins to continuously search on the net for other photos that have been taken in the very same moment and displays on the screen. Essentially, it is a camera that – using a SonyEricsson K750i hidden behind the boxing – takes other’sphotos. Photos that were created by someone who pressed a button somewhere at the same time as its own button was pressed.


Filip Visnjic is an architect, lecturer, writer and a new media technologist born in Belgrade currently living in London. Specialised in consulting and directing web, new media and architectural projects, Filip also contributes to a number of blogs and magazines about art, design and technology. He is an editor-in-chief at CreativeApplications.Net, a director at Working Architecture Group, and lectures at a number of universities across the UK. You can find him on Twitter 1 2, FFFFound image sharing website, Flickr and FriendFeed for stream.

5 Responses to “Snappy Snaps”

  1. Says:

    technology taking a ‘huge shit’ on the ‘art industry’

  2. robert Says:

    Make it even better by storing the photos on write-only media, so no human ever has to see them at all.

  3. rob Says:

    “technology taking a ‘huge shit’ on the ‘art industry’”? – I don’t think so. This is conceptual photography, this is conceptual art at its best.

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