AUSTRALIA’S top IT executive has said he could “almost guarantee” he can “make” a copy of Australian author A Clockwork Orange in under three hours.
Speaking at a panel on how to create digital art at the annual Art of Digital exhibition, Professor Stephen Dolan, head of the Centre for Art Design at the University of Melbourne, said the technology was “pretty well there”.
“It’s just a matter of putting a couple of things together,” he said.
“I would say it’s a pretty simple, but not trivial, process to do a print of [A Clockwork Brown’s] book.”
Professor Dolan said he was able to produce a digital copy of the novel by using a “laser pointer” to print out the pages.
“If you put the laser pointer in a position of a book page, you can print out a piece of paper with the page of the book and then you can then put that in a computer, which then prints the pages,” he explained.
“You could also do the same thing for a photograph.
So you could have a laser pointer on a photograph of a person, and it would print the photograph.
That’s basically it.”
He said the process was “much less complicated” than what he used to make the book, and suggested the technique was a “sensible” one to use.
“There’s a lot of people who do this stuff, and there are a lot who do not,” he added.
“And so if it’s possible to do this, then it’s reasonable to use it.”
In an interview with Australian Broadcasting Corp’s RN Breakfast, Professor Dolan also confirmed that the “magic” of the technology is that it is “a really cheap, easy and effective” way to print digital art.
“It does take a lot more technology than you can get for a printed book,” he told the program.
“So I don’t think the laser is necessarily the magic, but it is the easiest thing you can do.”
The printer is a bit of a challenge, because you have to get it to print properly.
“Then you have the inkjet, which is also very expensive.”
We’re working on the printing of books digitally, and the ink is cheap.
“But it’s actually a pretty easy way of doing it.”
Professor Stephen Dola, head at the Art of digital exhibition, said he “could almost guarantee” a print could be made in under two hours at the 2017 event at the Sydney Opera House.(ABC News: Stephen Dameron)The exhibition will run until June 25.
A Clockwork Red, by A Clockwork Brown, will be the first book printed using the technology.
In the book’s first scene, the protagonist, Alex, and his lover, Lucy, have just fallen in love.
But after a night of drinking, they wake up to find the love interest, Lucy’s best friend, Jessica, dead.
The novel follows the lives of two characters who are also “frightened” by the love of their life, and discover that the reason the story is a tragic love story is because it was created to kill people.
“As soon as we realised that there was something wrong with it, we went and tried to make something to kill them,” Professor Dola said.
“We thought, ‘What if this was a novel?'”
But we couldn’t.
“The author said the book was inspired by the murder of a school teacher in America.”
That was a very personal thing for me, I think, in a way, because I have a daughter and a daughter-in-law,” he noted.”
This was a personal thing, and a very traumatic thing.
“Professor Christopher Bower, co-founder of the Creative Destruction Lab at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, said while he was “excited” about the technology, he was also “slightly sceptical”.”
There are some people who would have an issue with that, but the fact is, I would love to see people working in this kind of space,” he admitted.”
At least in the US, there are people who have actually done that and done this.
“Certainly there is a risk of doing something that is wrong, and we’re very fortunate to have some people doing that.”