Dan Beaven

Selected Projects:

software

installation

graphic

other

film

data

marketing

art

  • 03

    2018

    Skynet Kitchens

  • 04

    2019

    Mapping the darknet

  • 05

    2019

    Lectures London

  • 08

    2018

    Big Sun

  • 03

    2019

    Elemental Scale

  • 01

    2019

    Photography

  • 06

    2019

    Judgement Day

  • 06

    2018

    Liminal

  • 06

    2019

    Told By Turks

  • 02

    2018

    Wikiconga

  • 12

    2016

    Publication Design

  • 07

    2016

    Make The World Great Again

Skynet Kitchens

Installation for Science Museum London 2018 show on Food and agriculture

For the Science Museum London’s 2018 show on food and agriculture, I was commissioned to design and build an interactive installation.

Inspired by the recent boom in AI, I built an app which used machine learning to rate suggest ingredient combinations allowing users to create custom novel recipes.

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During the show, I had on offer over 40 different ingredients which people used to test out their recipes. Behind the stand I projected the recipes people saved when using the Ipads, this allowed others to taste the recipes people had come up with.

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Skynet was the name of the malevolent super intelligence in the Terminator franchise. I chose to reference this to raise the question of how far we are willing to allow intelligent machines into our lives.

Mapping the darknet

Maps showing the drug sales on the darknet

Dream Market was an online market, operating on the Tor network. The site dealt in illegal goods such as drugs, stolen data, and counterfeit consumer goods. On March 24, 2019 it shut down and it is unclear whether this was a result of attacks from competing markets or law enforcement.

Using data scraped from Dream Market prior to its shutdown I built maps that show where varius drugs are sourced from. I marked items listed on the site with a blue dot and vendors selling the items as red rings. I calculate market share by multiplying the number of items by their price and by the number of reviews left on the item. The price roughly represents the quantity of a drug sold and the number of reviews represents the comparrative number of sales.

Opioid Data

vendorsitemsavarage priceitem reviews
4373005510.7154451
Countryvendorsitemsavarage pricereviewsMarket Share
United States141804£451.012096341.387%
Germany65455£1,071.76563226.423%
United Kingdom81574£165.74125679.118%
Netherlands42464£503.3337328.223%
Australia33208£347.4637325.677%
Canada27231£319.7233824.734%
France1152£252.5217211.903%
Sweden1883£191.018750.732%
Thailand17£312.693740.512%
China731£3,113.52290.396%
Azerbaijan113£168.754360.323%
Spain225£140.194320.266%
Switzerland13£163.451470.106%
Finland411£82.372160.078%
Austria25£90.32710.029%
New Zealand12£292.80200.026%
India318£117.88450.024%
Nepal15£77.89610.021%
Italy15£490.5090.02%
Singapore12£905.4530.012%
Cambodia13£27.2630.001%
Poland11£148.7610.001%
Norway13£22,259.0700%

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Ketamine Data

vendorsitemsavarage priceitem reviews
24018531173.6623584
Countryvendorsitemsavarage pricereviewsMarket Share
Netherlands64688£1,652.57615846.642%
United States1871£718.0413184.338%
United Kingdom64541£433.761179523.449%
Canada1351£920.376932.924%
Australia737£672.026802.095%
Germany50318£1,905.84203217.75%
France419£1,153.512081.1%
Brazil27£1,394.13900.576%
Italy24£497.942210.505%
Switzerland313£293.941390.188%
Czechia14£1,247.30220.126%
Slovenia14£1,632.23160.12%
Sweden638£287.44650.086%
New Zealand11£1,209.0090.05%
China841£288.08230.031%
Poland13£45370.008%
Austria14£117.10120.007%
Luxembourg16£104.58120.006%
Ireland11£26.60460.006%
Norway11£75.9070.003%
Finland11£36.2010.001%

ketamine

Lectures London

Website which lists upcoming free public lectures held by universities around London

After attending some free lectures at the London School of economics I discovered that many universities and institutions host lectures that are often free and open to the public. However, there is no centralised place to discover the lectures, particularly academic lectures hosted by universities. I built lectures.london to track any free open to the public lectures held in institutions around London.

Big Sun

Documentary on how climate change is effecting the people of Vanuatu

The islanders of south pacific developing states, are currently facing an existential crisis, which is threatening to wipe out their homes, lands and way of life. Given the dark predictions forecasting up to a 100 million climate change refugees by the end of the century, there is an urgent need not only to address the logistics but to consider ethnographically what it means to resituate entire populations of people.

The project started as a conversation between climate change laywer Polly Higgins and filmaker Isaac Confino. Polly was looking for material to help in her case for esteblishing ecocide in the international criminal court to which many islands in the south pacific are members. Initially I came on board to help with copy writing and for the crowdfunding page and video script however due to its success I ended up accompanying Isaac to Vanuatu for two months.

The film is currently in production pending release in early 2020.

Elemental Scale

Installation for Science Museum London 2019 show in the periodic table

Built in collaboration with Charlie Boyden for the Science Museum’s aniversory of the periodic table, the piece comprised of a set of scales where visitors would could stand and a recieve a printed reciept with the aproximate number of each atom in their body.

While Charlie Boyden built and designed the piece my main role was building the software behind the scales printer and screen interface.

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Photography

Recent photographic work

Find more photos on my Instagram.

Judgement Day

Installation that harnessed machine learning to measure visitors reactions to artwork

An installation built in collaboration with Natasha Hicken for our undergraduate degree show exploring the theme why work.

The final year of university is a time full of apprehension and uncertainty, with anxieties about the future coming to a head with the degree show. Imposter syndrome combined with a shaky economy has left us with a lot of questions: Is our work any good, and will we get a job once we graduate?

With three monitoring hubs suspended through the exhibition, an advanced machine intelligence monitors the visitors of our degree show. By analysing the intensity of the emotions expressed during the show, we will judge the impact of our work and map our future employability.

Liminal

Website for 2018 (BA) Interaction Design Arts degree show 'liminal'.

This website was a collaborative project with the Interaction Design Arts students for their 2018 undergraduate degree show at the London College of Communication. The concept of laying out the various projects on a two-dimensional graph was intended to demonstrate the range of work and help viewers situate the artist’s practice.

liminal2018.com

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Told By Turks

Experimental documentary exploring the people behind Amazon Mechanical Turks.

‘Mechanical Turk’ is Amazon’s labour crowdsourcing platform, which distributes jobs called Human Intelligent Tasks (HITs) submitted by users across a pool of over 500,000 anonymous workers worldwide.  These tasks are often small and repetitive, such as labelling images or inputting data, with Mechanical Turk workers being paid anything from a few cents to a few dollars for each task. Those submitting tasks do not see the faces or actions of those who perform these small, repetitive labours for them; the platform’s sleek interface obfuscates the human intellects it relies upon.

Told by Turks reveals the hidden faces, personalities, and spaces behind these tasks.  Each worker was paid \$1.00 to make a video of them answering a wide variety of questions or performing tasks in an attempt to ‘get to know them’.  The resulting installation offers an intimate view into the people behind this increasingly prevalent form of precarious labour.

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Wikiconga

Oulipian inspired poetry generator

Inspired by the Oulipian poem structure ‘Littérature définitionnelle’, developed by Raymond Queneau, Marcel Breuer and Georges Perec, which recursively generates poems by substituting words for there dictionary definitions. This tool generates poems by taking the words up until the first hyperlink on a Wikipedia page and then following that hyperlink and concatenating the initial text from the next link, it repeats this process recursively until a page is repeated.

www.wikicon.ga

Publication Design

A publication designed around essays published on my blog during my first year of university.

This was a publication containing essays I wrote on cultural theory during my first year at university. Central to the publication was an essay on the politically motivated 1936 exhibition of Chinese art in London which contributed to a profound shift in attitudes towards China. The cover was one of the ancient pieces of caligraphy exhibited. The layout and typography were intended to reflect that era and the traditional Japanese bind was chosen purely for its aesthetic value.

Make The World Great Again

A card game where players must balance their moral judgment against greed.

Each player takes the role of a leader in a country, each leader has a different goal and the first to complete their goal is the winner. The players can gain public favour by spending money on political moves with varying degrees of risk tied to each move. Meanwhile they have to keep their country running by gaining money from resources and creating trade agreements with other countries.

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The money cards are split from the rest of the cards. Each player is dealt five cards from the assorted deck and a predetermined amount of money. The play travels clockwise and each player can play one card in their turn, if they do they must pick up another from the assorted deck keeping five cards in their hands at all times. If that person is in an alliance with someone they can choose to use their go swapping a card with that allied person. The game ends when a player fulfills the goals described on their player cards.