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iCE's Modern Version Of Old-Fashioned Quilting Bee 138

Ant writes " is a Web site with a cool art idea as a tribute to Salvador Dali. It is iCE (remember ANSI art, you old school computer users?)'s answer to the old-fashioned quilt party, minus the gathering of elderly women. It's a unique opportunity for collaborative artwork on the net. A huge image, composed of individual 'tiles' is created, one piece at a time. The goal when making a tile is to mesh your work as smoothly as possible with the surrounding tiles, while creating something cool, artistic, and if applicable, on-topic. Check out the finished sample. I love the ants in the quilt tiles!"
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iCE's Modern Version Of Old-Fashioned Quilting Bee

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  • ...can I PLEASE use the internet now?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 24, 2005 @12:00AM (#11452603)
    ... we can quilt goatse into it!
  • In the history of the world, it has always been the power and vision of one single person that has created progress. This is another way to say that committees accomplish nothing.

    Even with art, it's not the AIDS quilt we remember, it's Van Gogh's Starry Night. The individual is the creator of art. Art by committee is soulless.
    • I dont think the purpose of this is to achieve any new leaps in artistic expression. There is more to working with a group than just "progress" and gains. There is a lot to be said for the fun involved and the ability to share and meld your ideas with the ideas of others. I assume you don't listen to any music, surely that art by committee has no soul. Or books illustrated by people other than the author, or even collaborative writings. Hell, researchers should stop working in teams and just go at it alon
    • Even with art, it's not the AIDS quilt we remember, it's Van Gogh's Starry Night. The individual is the creator of art. Art by committee is soulless.

      The only people who actually think that "art by comittee is soulless" are the pseudo-intellectuals who don't/can't really apprecaite art, so they critize it to beef up their ego/self-esteem.

      Going by the logic here, a museum is also a "soulless" place, because it is, by definition, art by comittee. A comittee decides what's in the museum and the museum conta
    • Then by your definition since a movie is made by a team it's not art. I know the argument to this is that a movie has a strong director whos vision shapes the movie but anyone with input changes the final result. e.g. Kubrick made Dr Strnglove but would it have been the same without Peter Sellers or Slim Pickins?
    • by Queer Boy ( 451309 ) <dragon@76.mac@com> on Monday January 24, 2005 @12:15AM (#11452710)
      Even with art, it's not the AIDS quilt we remember, it's Van Gogh's Starry Night.

      Folk art is quite different than Fine art. Folk art has a distinct culture behind it whereas Fine art is typically an individual expression (sometimes a statement). Yes, you're right, people remember the individual in Fine art whereas Folk art is about a community.

      Your assertion is that recognition is the inherent drive for art. I always thought it was expression. It's also not art by committee, it's art by community.

    • In the modern history of the occidental world would probably more accurate. Just think how many churches ' wall paintings of the XVth - XVIth century were collaborative work, and the time span needed to actualy build those churches. Yet they offer a tight integration of different archiects visions as well as unity of artistic realisation.

    • pfeh, tell that to a jam band.

      art and progress is broader than that. there are things that work well done by individuals, and things that don't.

      progress is ESPECIALLY poor word-choice. the singly most complex creation of man (so i've heard) is the space shuttle--so complex no one person could expect to be a professional in it all.
      • the singly most complex creation of man (so i've heard) is the space shuttle--so complex no one person could expect to be a professional in it all.

        I've heard the same thing said about the source code for Microsoft Windows. 40 million lines and counting, baby!

    • How has progress ever been linked to the power and vision of single people. Consider the "scientific revolution" and the shift toward "modernism" in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Sure, you could attribute the whole thing to the power and vision of a single person -- Bacon, perhaps, or Newton -- but you would be missing the larger picture. The shift toward a techno-centric world view -- toward an intellectual regime based on some concept of reason -- was a shift perpetrated by a large group of
  • by Alkivar ( 25833 ) * on Monday January 24, 2005 @12:01AM (#11452609) Homepage p

    now thats some surreal collaborative art...
  • Ahh yes... (Score:4, Funny)

    by NitroWolf ( 72977 ) on Monday January 24, 2005 @12:02AM (#11452622)
    Ahh... I love the thought of posting a site dedicated soley to serving images upon the Slashdot main page. In fact, I can't possibly think of any faster way to completely annihilate a server and it's connection to the internet.

    Like linking to a predominately text site doesn't trash the site, someone thought it would be a good idea to link to a picture site? Like what, you expected people to be able to view any of the pictures before the server turned into a steaming pile of goo?

    Well, I got to see one, nya nya nya!

  • iCE member here... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Jackie_Chan_Fan ( 730745 ) on Monday January 24, 2005 @12:03AM (#11452628)
    Tiles was a project i beleive started by our dear friend Slothy of iCE who i've worked with on more than one occasion and have known since i was 16 as an iCE member.

    iCE has always been an excellent organization of artists that are extremely talented and have remained friends for a long time now. Tiles is proof of the many great ideas Jon (slothy) has had over the years. Looking at the work in the tiles is pretty interesting and its a lot of fun.

    Nice to see it on slashdot. I know Jon and other iCE members such as myself are frequent readers of slashdot.


    • oops.. Forgot to sign it.

      Rogue Leader [iCE]
    • by farmy ( 56982 )
      Actually we've been linked to by slashdot on at least 2 other occations that I remember. Sadly we dont have the resources of a CNN, or say, youre local burger stand with a website. The system is yet another in a long line of crap we've managed to beg for. This one is considerably better than the previous servers, its a p3-1000. Sadly it has no drive space, so what you're looking at there is a lot of graphics loaded over NFS (which is another piece of crap EOL'd "SAN" we found in the trash).

      -iCE Admin
    • hi RL!

      Tiles is fun, it's been around for a while and there have been some good results. I personally prefer single-piece collaborations for a more cohesive product, but this sort of "exquisite corpse on crack" approach can often be really surreal or hilarious. Keep it up!

      Oh and I used to run that other ANSi / VGA group, CIA (creators of intense art.. stupid acronym i know but i didn't make it up! :)

  • iCE (Score:4, Interesting)

    by sinner0423 ( 687266 ) < minus language> on Monday January 24, 2005 @12:06AM (#11452653)
    I remember iCE.. when I was begging for my board to be a distro in the Chicago area at the tender age of 13. RaDMaN from ACiD occasionally reads the slash - and as I understand it, ACiD is still an art group to this very day. I'm glad to see iCE is still around as well.

    Two thumbs up for L337 TheDraw skills.
    • I'm Senior Staff of iCE.

      Sad to say, ACiD []released their Last Pack Ever [] a few months back, leaving iCE to be one of the last remaining 'old school' groups.

      While we still have a lot of inactive members, our current crew still put out fantastic art, every single month.

      I head up the iCE photography Division [], releasing photos of an iCE-standard.

      As you can see from the posts here, lots of iCE members are /. readers, and big in the geek world.

      Slothy (Senior Staff) works in the gaming section, farmy being big i
  • Coral Cache (Score:2, Informative)

    by MoOsEb0y ( 2177 )
    Click here []
  • NTRAK [] modellers have been doing this same thing for years! The idea is to build a model railway (railroad) module with a standard interface allowing lots of people to band together and build a huge layout.

    Given that hacking draws so much from model railways (Tech Model Railroad Club []) perhaps it is valid to say hackers have been quilting for years??

  • You must be kidding. (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    I remember contributing to uhrm, what, 5 to 6 years ago? What suddently makes this NEWS?

  • by Python ( 1141 ) on Monday January 24, 2005 @12:23AM (#11452751)
    Please try one of the mirroring sites for 01cd89182c8373a/index.html/ []

  • An art/graphics site is slashdotted on a network you help run...

    At least the site/server caved before the bandwidth bill did. :)

  • The ASCII Art wikipedia story lead me to ZZT, an old fav of mine. Oh the wonders of nostalgic computer games. Wonder if this will play on my Athlon.

    ZZT was an ANSI-based computer game, created in 1991 by Tim Sweeney, later the designer of Unreal. []

    Thats the coolest thing about Wikipedia and tabbed browsing. I can start at Ascii Art and end up on Alberto Lleras Camargo [] in a few clicks. Maybe I should make a plan to read all of Wikipedia and get a story on slashdot like that Bratanica guy.

    And what ASC
    • ZZT was my first programming experience. I can't believe people are still into it.

      Ah, for the days before Java. When OOP was OOP, and the only variables were boolean.
  • Deviantart [] has had a similar idea in its mosaics category for quite some time. Being possibly the largest community art sites it has some nic emosaics in there.
  • Hearing about phrack yesterday, and about iCE today, makes me yearn for the BBS days again. It's great to hear that these popular groups are still somewhat active, even if some are close to retiring.

    Viva le BBS! :)
  • This is similar to deviantART mosaics. They don't seem linked to directly on the main page anymore, but they can be found here []. A great example of a congruous mosaic is The skin mosaic II [].
  • by pojo ( 526049 ) * on Monday January 24, 2005 @01:17AM (#11453034)
  • by kiddailey ( 165202 ) on Monday January 24, 2005 @01:21AM (#11453052) Homepage

    What this really needs is a download button so I can download the composite quilt and use it as a desktop or something :D

    I guess I'll just have to take a couple screenshots and stitch them together manually...

    ...though I do see that you can buy prints of the quilts [] thanks to CafePress [].
  • there's a very comprehensive image 2 color-ascii sourceforge project that i just happened to use yesterday to make my blog's background, when i failed to find a cool old ANSi menu to turn into my theme (i was thinking like a leet revengebbs theme, but i never find menu themes anymore, only picture art).

    check out img2ascii [], with a live demo here [] (please don't punish their server, you can grab the code and run it locally or choose from other mirrors)

    this [] is the image i ended up making, the html had too man

  • Thought it said Quitting bee.

    Finally, a competition for something I'm actually good at...

  • The "Tribute" quilts were always my favorite. Here are a few links to large versions of the quilts that are hosted on my personal site:

    A Van Gogh Fall/Winter Landscape []

    A Tribute to M.C. Escher [] I invite you to go back to and once the server recovers to enjoy our years of artwork.

  • The page is down faster than Natalie Portman in hot grits. Anybody got a mirrordot or coral cache of some of the other Top 10 Highest Rated tiles? Some of the thumbnails look really cool, but I can't get to any of them. Thanks.

  • I saw this in Netsurfer Digest [] yesterday and it's at Slashdot today?

    OK, so maybe NSD isn't always on the leading edge and iCE has been around a while, but the sequence of appearances this weekend couldn't be a coincidence, could it?

  • *lol* the scrotum in the middle of the pic. I bet van gogh never thought about scroti as art.
  • That Wikipedia link had a screen shot of TheDraw! So many memories of running a Renegade BBS off our only phone line..

    I also liked how my ANSI animations ran really nicely on a 2400 bps modem but ran too fast on anything higher.

  • ...remember ANSI art, you old school computer users?

    ANSI isn't old-school. TTY art [] is old-school.

  • I've thought it might be interesting if ICE took a well known painting (public domain, obviously) (or photograph or something) and used that to preset the edges of the tiles. Then after it is done, look to see if you can detect any remnants of the original in the results. Obviously if the edges are preset some large number of pixels into the tile it will have a greater resemblance than if they only go in a pixel or two. All the better if the participants don't know whats going on.
  • For those that still want to see ansi art: [] -- It needs a lot of work, but it's there.
  • I've received a few emails about this Slashdot posting because this project is very similar to something we've been doing on (once upon a time, OTIS) since the 20th century. A latticework quilt with animation (since 1995): A zoomy quilt (since 1997): Other one-off grid/quilt projects: It's a fun medium, but is it news?

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