Publications

A Lightweight Ontology for Describing Images

Abstract:

One aspect of the Semantic Web activity is the emergence of ‘linked data’, a world-wide system of links between large-scale data sets all expressed using “lightweight” ontological techniques.

For some time, we have been investigating formal ways to express what artists say about the images they create, starting with concept maps and moving towards more formal descriptions.

These two activities come together in the design of a basic ontology for expressing properties of images and how they relate to their creation and the things they depict. In this talk we outline this ontology, with examples, and show how it can be used to fine-tune image search.

View the Warren Hayes Ai Symposium “working draft” on SlideShare, or simply the embedded presentation below.


Events

A Few Historical Porsche Art Car Showings

Friday December 10, 2010

Artel Gallery, Member’s Show – in front of the Gallery. 4:30 pm – 9 pm.

Hatha Petey, the Porsche Art Car was also seen at Pensacola Museum of Art, Culture Club in October.

Friday, August 13th, 2010; Mobile, AL was part of the show: “The Art of the Automobile” at Blue Velvet Studio on Dauphin Street.

There was also a display of photographs from the Porsche Junkyard Series and new Porsche art images inside Blue Velvet Studio.

Porsche Images

Porsche Art Car



Hatha Petey – The Porsche Art Car
VIN #221763

3rd Place – Predominantly Painted Category
2009 Houston Art Car Parade

The Porsche art car project was conceived during the summer of 2007 when Porsche restorer Gary Kempton and artist Margaret Warren were returning home from a car business “road trip”.

Art CarMargaret had been reminiscing about her mother (also an artist) painting the windows of her early 70’s VW Station Wagon psychedelic in Dayglo paint and wanted to try her hand at something similar.

Gary had acquired the white 1965 Porsche 356 C Coupe dubbed ’Petey’ by it’s 2nd owner from a collection in Pensacola, Florida a few months earlier. Originally purchased new in Pensacola in 1965, the car had remained there for 42 years until Gary brought it to his restoration facility in Crawfordville, Florida.

Art CarThe two decided that this car would be perfect for a radical departure from a traditional restoration. So 40 years after Janis Joplin roadie Dave Richards painted Janis’ 1965 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet, Margaret (who was 5 years old in 1968) began hand-painting ‘Petey’ in her own abstract-expressionist style.

She began working on the “car canvas” on September 9, 2007 and logged approximately 200 hours on the car during 2008.

While working on the car, Margaret immersed herself in listening to seminal recordings from the oeuvres of jazz and rock musicians from the years 1965-1969 which led to and later became known stylistically as Jazz/Rock Fusion. Predominantly featured on the car are areas inspired by Miles Davis (Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965, Bitches Brew), and many references to the song lyrics of Jimi Hendrix. Her intention was to be inspired by, but distinctly different from similar psychedelia of the era.

Art Car”Hatha” was added to Petey’s name as a reference to the artistic motifs used all over the car. The word ‘hatha’ represents a forceful joining of two Sanskrit terms: “ha” meaning sun and “tha” meaning moon and when added to the term ‘yoga’ the meaning becomes the practice of joining together sun (masculine, active) energy with moon (feminine, receptive) energy, with the goal of producing balance and great power in an individual.

Margaret artistically treated the car as a fusion of 9 canvases and used opposing canvases to represent the dualities of: ‘sun’, ‘moon’; ‘day, ‘night; nature and machine.

Art CarThe 4 ‘corners’ of the car – the two front fenders and both rear quarter panels also symbolically represent the elements of ‘earth’, ‘air’, ‘fire’ and ‘water’.

She hopes the effect ultimately achieves a unity of unique and stimulating visual art represented on a Porsche, a symbolically significant icon of automobile engineering.

Hatha Petey – The Porsche Art Car is available for special events, etc.
Contact me
for more information.

Publications

Formalizing the Informal: A Confluence of Concept Mapping and…

Abstract:

Concept Maps are seen as ways to conceptualize domains that can be comprehended within the human attention span, and are often based on terminologies arising in technical, scientific or engineering domains. We report on a set of related projects that go beyond this tradition in two ways: by connecting CmapTools to the new, machine-processable standard notations for formal Web meta-data (RDF and OWL), and by applying the resulting tools to the construction of Web markup for works of art. This domain provides a semantically-rich case study because descriptions of artwork inherently contain a mix of artifacts, some of which can easily be formalized (creator, title, creation date, etc.) and some of which express meanings about the work that are more difficult to formalize.

Formalization of knowledge about works of art could benefit web developers by giving greater organization to these types of resources on the internet. It will also help foster the development of ontologies in other, similarly rich and challenging domains. A CmapTools extension called CmapTools Ontology Editor (COE) translates RDF and OWL to and from Concept Maps, providing a bridge between the worlds of human-oriented Concept Mapping and machine-oriented formal inference. Because of the strengths in CmapTools to provide a specific method for capturing meanings and concepts, we believe that the COE extension can provide the means for formalizing this conceptually challenging domain that involves an artist’s interpretation of the intentions and motivations behind their artwork.

Publications

Art Speak Presentation

The World Wide Web was born out of a 1989 proposal by Tim Berners-Lee, who was looking for a better way to collaborate across geographic distances. Robert Cailliau proposed in 1990 to use hypertext “to link and access information of various kinds as a web of nodes in which the user can browse at will”, and Berners-Lee finished the first website in December of that year.

Web 2.0 was the name that described the next evolutionary step of the “Web” in which rather than just delivering data, web sites interacted with users and each other in real time, deepening the inter-connectivity.

The following presentation addresses the relationship between “Art”, and what has come to be known as Web 3.0 in which not only are web sites connecting to one another, but the individual entities contained within the websites (images, sound-bytes, places, ideas, people, symbols, etc) are interconnected.

Artspeak: The Contemporary Artist meets Web 3.0, given by Margaret Warren and Pat Hayes at Artel Gallery, Pensacola, FL on June 16, 2008