Making art from the internet

I recently had the opportunity to attend one of the Artist Lecture Series here at CMU hosted by the College of Fine Arts. Because they joined forces with the Human Computer Interaction Institute, a lot of the guest speakers were amazingly innovative technology artists. Martin Wattenberg, who leads the Visual Communication Lab at IBM Research, creates visualizations based on content from the internet and other data sources. Check out some of his research projects. I also came across an interesting article today that strikes me as really relevant- especially as I sift through the hordes of spam I receive everyday. Alex Dragulescu, an alumnus of UC San Diego, develops algorithms to process his spam emails to create botanical and architectural looking digital structures. He likens his process to a contemporary version of found art.