The One Million Points of Light News
05.02.2010 - 12:52h
Ten Thousand HitsWe had our most active day EVER on 3rd February 2010.
It was out birthday, celebrating four years on line, and lots of people visited the One Million Points Of Light Project. We were a few clicks short of 10,000 hits. Even when we launched the project we didn’t have that much interest!
So, thank you to everyone who was wandering around the site on our special day. Hope you found some interesting connections. Come back and visit soon - we have had a lot of extra blocks switched on, so the work is changing rapidly at the moment.
03.02.2010 - 07:46h
Happy Birthday - One Million Points Of LightToday we celebrate our 4th birthday.
Online since 3rd February 2006, the One Million Points Of Light Project is now a global phenomenon being viewed by people all over the world.
Andrew Pepper set up the project, and started the ball rolling, by purchasing the first block of light just before announcing this new, online, work during a university art lecture at the Broadway Media Centre, Nottingham, UK.
By the evening he had been joined by British art collector and gallery owner, Jonathan Ross, who illuminated two large blocks in the centre of the screen, connected to his collection and gallery sites.
Four years later, the most recent people to ‘light up’, are Alison Ballard, an artist working with sound and Andrew Brand, a writer and film director.
We have a diverse group of people connected, so take a moment and have a click round on the homepage - see who you can find and where you ‘land’.
Thanks to everyone who has taken part during the past 1,460 days and for making this such an extensive, global, event.
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26.01.2010 - 21:48h
One Hundred and Twenty PlusAs we start a New Year, even more visitors begin watching!
January 2010 saw additional countries joining the One Million Points Of Light Project taking our viewing locations to 121! We have been joined by Myanmar, Brunei Darussalam, Burmua, Cambodia, Georgia, Senegal and Sudan!
According to our statistics this month, most of our visitors are watching from Canada and Saudi Arabia, with the highest number of hits being made from dot net and dot com Internet addresses.
A full list of all 121 locations can be found be clicking here or selecting “Global” in the top of the page menu.
07.10.2009 - 10:48h
The Power of the PressNewspaper feature causes traffic to rocket in September.
One Million Points Of Light Project was featured in a high circulation East Midlands, UK, newspaper on September 28th. Later that day, and on 29th, traffic to the site shot up to the second highest recorded for that month. There were also a significant number of new blocks switched on.
Feedback from the article is that readers seem to think that the project is now making millions - I guess they just don't so the maths so, to qualify, this is a not-for-profit project, completely self financing. Simply processing the online payments will amount to several thousand pounds. We hope, however, to be able to pay for the production of the final hologram, and installation, which will be realised later next year (or in 2011).
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16.06.2009 - 12:04h
See us in 110 CountriesDuring June visitors from our 110 th 'location' started watching.
One Million Points Of Light Project is now being viewed in 110 countries! The most recent additions to the list being Armenia and Guma.
If you would like to check a full list of all locations which are visiting the project and (we hope) clicking on our blocks of light click on the go here or visit the 'Global' link at the top of the page. If you are from a location which is not included please let us know so we know you are there.
The global map at the top right of the page is showing the physical location of all our visitors. If you click on it you can explore specific countries. The larger the red dot the more visitors from that location.
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10.02.2009 - 11:56h
Now On View in 106 CountriesEven more places to view us from!
The One Million Points Of Light Project is now being viewed in 106 countries with people from Bahrain , Jordan, Kuwait, Mauritius, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Serbia and Slovenia recently logging on.
Countries are identified by their internet location, as every computer has a unique address which can be tracked. We also use two systems to identify these (so we don't miss any!)
On top of these locations we also have thousands of visitors from locations using the old style Artpnet address (arpa), not for profit organisations (org), business addresses (biz) and American educational users (edu).
As many of these addresses are not restricted to a physical location, it looks like we actually have visitors from even more than the 106 countries we can identify.
If you have just arrived - welcome! - enjoy your visit and take a moment to have a look round.
The global map at the top right of the page is showing the physical location of all our visitors. If you click on it you can explore specific countries. The larger the red dot the more visitors from that location.
Today the visitor dots have been archived and a new cycle of monitoring will start so, if when you have a look, there do not seem to be many locations, check the annual map archive for more details. Please visit GLOBAL for a full list of locations.
03.02.2009 - 00:59h
Happy 3rd BirthdayOne Million Points Of Light celebrates 3 years online.
The One Million Points Of Light Project is three years old today!!!
We are now being seen in 95 countries and have attracted participants from locations all over the world. This past year we received over one million hits on the site and now regularly receive thousands of visitors each week.
To everyone who has taken part (some from the first day we appeared on 6th February 2006), “Thank you”. To all the people who have visited and explored the site during the past 3 years, “Thank you”
This is the final year of the project as we plan to accept new blocks of light until February 2010 when the blocks everyone has ‘switched on’ will be transformed into a three-dimensional hologram. Look out next year for more about that. In the meantime, Happy Birthday to us and keep visiting!!!
10.12.2008 - 14:06h
Now on TwitterOne Million Points Of Light is now on Twitter.
If you have not had a look, Twitter allows people to ‘publish’ their thoughts and idea in tiny, 140, character messages. They offer quick, frequent, answers to one simple question: What are you doing? You can keep an eye on particular people and organisations to see just what they are up to.
If you like a particular person/group you can 'Follow' them and see all of their most recent 'doings' each time you log in.
Already we are being ‘followed’ buy major art institutions, art groups and curious individuals. Take a quick look by visiting our Twitter stream at:
15.10.2008 - 20:36h
One Million ClicksWell, we did it. During a warm summer afternoon the One Million Points Of Light Project collected its on Millionth click!
Each time someone visits the project, and clicks on any of the blocks of light, or links to other pages, our statistic packages counts their action and gives us an idea when the busy times are and which part of the project visitors view most often.
A million clicks is a phenomenal result and we would like to thank everyone who has ‘clicked’ over the past months to help us reach this important threshold. Since then we have already clocked up over fifty thousand extra clicks.
Here’s to the next million!! Watch this space.
21.05.2008 - 21:14h
Painting A ChainWe are delighted to welcome a new art initiative (and website) to the One Million Points Of Light Project.
www.worldlinkpaintings.com has just been launched (today - 21st May 2008) to coincide with Diversity Day. Set up by artist Lesley Melia Tooze it offers a global link between people who purchase the paintings she has produced specially for the project.
Each canvas on offer is a link in a conceptual chain. The aim is for a wide range of individuals to purchase the paintings and display them in their own locations around the world.
All paintings are 12 x 10 “ (30.5 x 25.4 cm) and cost £50.00 each ($100.00). Delivery to anywhere in the world is free of charge for the first 10 purchasers and all the works are packed in as much recycled packaging as possible. Each painting sold is credited to the owner and their physical location so visitors can watch as the chain of connected paintings expands. The first painting (Link No.4 illustrated above), has already been purchased but there are still lots to choose from!
Lesley hopes that one day all the paintings can be shown in a massive exhibition. In the meantime you can watch it grow on the Internet at: www.worldlinkpaintings.com
25.04.2008 - 19:16h
Is it Art Yet?Over one thousand votes have now been cast on the Could it be Art site (www.CouldItBeArt.co.uk) and the overwhelming trend is “Yes it could”!
Over 93% of voters feel that the One Million Points Of Light Project could be art. For many in the contemporary art-world, this is a redundant question but thousands of visitors to the Project are not part of that world and such a direct question has relevance.
So, over two years in to the project, it looks like the majority of visitors are reacting positively to One Million Points Of Light. Thanks to everyone who has taken time to vote. If you have not, do it now. www.CouldItBeArt.co.uk
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09.03.2008 - 20:47h
60 Years of HolographySeveral of the people taking part in the One Million Points Of Light Project are included in a major retrospective exhibition at Banbury Museum, Oxfordshire, UK.
“Holograms, the First 60 Years” opened on March 1st and includes work by: Margaret Benyon, Patrick Boyd, Pearl John, Andrew Pepper and Martin Richardson. Most of the work for this survey show, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the invention of the hologram in the UK, has been drawn from the Jonathan Ross Hologram Collection. Jonathan also has several blocks illuminated on our homepage. The exhibition runs until May 5th and will then tour other venues in the UK until 2009.
More details can be found on the Jonathan Ross Hologram Collection site.
03.02.2008 - 11:56h
Happy 2nd BirthdayOne Million Points Of Light celebrates 2 years online.
Today, the One Million Points Of Light Project moved from early ‘childhood’ to challenging ‘teenager’ by celebrating Two Years online.
A huge variety of people are now taking part from 21 global locations which include: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Luxembourg, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Virgin Islands and Wales.
Visitors are logging on to view the project from 92 countries, which not only includes locations on major continents but also some unexpected tropical islands.
Each time someone new ‘switches on’ a block of light, and becomes part of One Million Points Of Light, they expand the network even further.
Thank you to everyone who has visited the site, over the past couple of years, and to all the people who have ‘switched on’ their blocks.
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02.02.2008 - 17:50h
Tropical ContactFrench Polynesia is the most recent territory to start watching the One Million Points Of Light Project.
This stunning tropical island location, just ‘up the road’ from Cook Island and part of the Polynesian ‘triangle’ of islands, brings the number of places viewing the project to 92.
With remarkable beaches and stunning weather it is curious why anyone would want to spend their time viewing an online project but the Internet stretches to ‘paradise’ and it seems there are some people there who are curious about One Million Points Of Light!
30.01.2008 - 21:35h
End of Year RushThe day before Christmas eve saw a massive rush to explore the One Million Points Of Light Project>.
Quite why is unclear but there was a huge burst of activity on December 23rd. At a time when people should have been rushing around hunting for last minute presents or actively not celebrating the run up to Christmas, thousands were ‘clicking’ around this site.
Most popular was the homepage, quickly followed by this news section.
The statistics system for One Million Points Of Light showed that Sunday 23rd received the second largest number of hits since the project was launched! It also recorded the second largest number of unique visitors. - those who are new to the site and not returning several times in the same day.
Thanks to everyone who visited on 23rd and for making it such an ‘active’ end to 2007.
05.12.2007 - 13:12h
Art for Light
The largest block of light on One Million Points Of Light> is paid for with art.
Australian artist Anthony White has just ‘switched on’ the largest collection of blocks on One Million Points Of Light to date. You will find them in the lower right corner of the homepage.
Anthony has rocked the global art market with his “Money Series” paintings in which he paints a currency denomination and then sells that painting for the painted amount. The painting of $2, for example, has been sold for $2.00. He began with the Australian Dollar in 2004 and has now expanded to US Dollars, British Pounds and Euros.
The work raises some difficult issues for the ‘art markets’ which buy and sell millions of dollars worth of work each year. Where is the value in a particular piece of art? Who establishes that value and what part does content play in that calculation? With the awarding of the Turner Prize, in the UK, this week, many of these questions are being very publicly revisited.
There is healthy resale market for the Money Series with many of the paintings selling for hundreds of times their original purchase price. The £6 painting iwas recently offeren on eBay for £550.00!
What is interesting for the One Million Points Of Light Project is that Anthony “paid” for his illuminated blocks using ‘painted’ money. In effect he has purchased something which does not exist (the light), and used conceptual ‘money’ to pay for it! A legitimate transaction has taken place based on the agreement of two parties who acknowledge the worth of each part of that transaction.
In effect, this is how currency functions - based on a belief our society accepts that the electronic digits we transact through our banks, credit cards and bonds actually have worth.
For more details about Anthony’s work and his most recent collaboration visit: www.anthonywhite.net
05.12.2007 - 12:33h
Heading for the MillionThis month the One Million Points Of Light Project> shot past the three quarter of a million hits mark.
Online art projects are curious things. The nature of the internet means that there is an accessibility which allows anyone to quickly, and simply, distribute an idea or piece of work to a global audience.
These projects have statistic packages which monitor the ‘health’ of the online events and report how many people are visiting. One Million Points Of Light now attracts visitors from 91 global locations and together they have registered over 790,000 hits since the project was launched.
That is a lot of interest for an art project which has kept itself relatively 'quiet', so thank you for being part of those statistics because, by reading this, you will have contributed another ‘hit’ to the site.
We are well on our way to a million and, judging by the increase in traffic over the past couple of months, it will happen shortly. It looks like the One Million Points Of Light Project is about to change from an ugly child to a hormone engulfed teenager!
01.10.2007 - 16:19h
A Place Of....InterestNew, German based, online art project joins One Million Points Of Light>.
A new project set up by H.R. Fricker offers simple enamel metal signs each with the wording "Place Of.." you can then chose from a number of descriptions ranging from "Chaos", through "Context" to "Lust".
Anthony White, known for his pioneering 'Money Series' paintings which inspired many of the current Internet based projects, comments on the site's blog, "It is not art unless people are prepared to pay for it."
Each 30 x 30 cm sign is made to order and costs $200. There are 16 different colour variations for each 'Place Of' sign and many of them have already been snapped up. So it is art then!
We are delighted to welcome placeofplaces.com to One Million Points Of Light and wish the project great success. They have already placed a link, on their site, back to our homepage, - so many thanks for thinking of use and sending people our way!
Have a look at:www.placeofplaces.com and find your own "Place Of.."
01.10.2007 - 16:59h
Now 91!The One Million Points Of Light Project is now being viewed in 91 countries!
Over the past few weeks visitors have been exploring One Million Points Of Light from even more locations. We now have viewers from: Christmas Island, The Ivory Coast, Jersey, Madagascar and Zimbabwe!
Welcome to all the new viewers from these locations. If you would like to see a full list of where people are ‘watching’ from, Please visit the GLOBAL list or use the new addition to the menu bar at the top of each page.
You can also click on the World map, at the top right of the page, to see specific country locations of visitors world-wide
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12.09.2007 - 11:14h
Earth PaintingsThe Internet is awash with art for sale, but this site, which just joined the One Million Points Of Light Project, is an interesting and elegant one.
Earth Paintings is a site by artist and architect Eugen Meier who lives and works in Switzerland and France. It allows visitors to select one of a number of hand painted images of the earth. As a purchaser you can leave an image of your own on the site along with a short text or dedication. Not only does Earth Paintings gently raise awareness about our environmental impact, it also offers some unique art at affordable prices.
The site uses a sliding discount systems which means that if you buy early you pay less. Once news about the site spreads, and more paintings are sold, the price increases. We would like to welcome Eugen Meier’s project to One Million Points Of Light - he has illuminated several blocks on the homepage - and wish him luck with future sales.
With Christmas on the way Earth Paintings may be an ideal way to support this online art project and give someone an original painting.
Have a look at:www.earthpaintings.com
07.07.2007 - 14:02h
Is It Art - Well YES!
Hundreds of people visiting the One Million Points Of Light Project have offered their opinion about the "art" question.
Artists think what they do is art - observers may have a very different view. Since September 2006 it has been possible to register a vote and contribute to the discussion online.
85% of voters think that the One Million Points Of Light Project could be art.
4% think "perhaps"
6% don't feel it is an issue
and 3% are definitely of the opinion that it is not art.
If you have not already voted please visit www.CoulditbeArt.co.uk It takes a couple of clicks, is completely anonymous and the results are instant. You can visit the voting site at any time to check the current results so, help make this an ongoing "straw poll" and a reflection of how opinions change during the course of the project.
12.06.2007 - 18:38h
Island ConnectionsThis month the One Million Points Of Light Project, switched on a block of light connected to one of the most northerly locations in the UK.
Collaborative artists Matilda Tumim & Christopher Prendergast are based in the Orkneys - an island group off the north east-coast of Scotland. They work collaboratively as Christil Trumpet and have been involved in a number of creative projects on the island. Most recently involving a residency at the Papdale Primary School.
For more details about their activities visit www.christiltrumpet.co.uk
12.06.2007 - 18:06h
Light Ballet - Neon on Stage in Boston During May light artists, and One Million Points Of Light participants, Alejandro and Moira Sina created a series of neon works for the ballet premier of “Penumbra”, staged at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA.
Working in collaboration with Anne Myer and her dancers, the Sinas produced a stage set which was truly ‘interactive’. Each of the neon sculptures could be moved around the stage by the performers.
For information about their work with light visit www.sinalightworks.com
11.05.2007 - 10:50h
Connected Art and ‘Digital Spread’A new piece of work by Andrew Pepper, based on issues which have developed from the One Million Points Of Light Project, is currently installed at the Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK.
artworkornetwork is a wall mounted screen permanently connected to the Internet displaying a grid made up of 8,170 rectangles. Each ‘space’ can be ‘occupied’ by a gallery visitor.
The work is part of “Rules of the Game”, a series of 5 curated exhibitions. People viewing the screen are asked to take a postcard and follow the Rules which allow them to ‘occupy’ a rectangle. They can then invite 5 friends to do the same. Each visitor has a different social network and this installation charts how far those connections extend.
To view the developing image, and for background information, visit www.artworkornetwork.com
09.05.2007 - 18:47h
Fine Art photographer featured in BBC TV series.Linda Lieberman, who joined the One Million Points Of Light Project in January 2007, had her work featured in hit BBC TV show “The Apprentice”.
The teams had two days to select two artists to work with, mount an exhibition and then get buyers through the door of their private view. The team to sell the most art won.
Linda was selected as “one of the artists’ and her Black/White Ocean Series of photographs were featured throughout the episode. Some of the reactions to Linda’s work, from the team members, were wonderful television!
Details about Linda Lieberman’s photography and sculpture can be found at www.lindalieberman.com
09.05.2007 - 18:56h
Big Art - Really Big Art!Massive works seen by 7 million people.
One of the galleries taking part in the Million Points Of Light Project is working with millions themselves. The Eco-LogicalArt Gallery, LA, USA, has recycled some of the huge Hollywood based billboards as canvases for commissioned artists to use. Several of these new works are now on show in LA. The one illustrated here, over the main gallery building on Pico Blvd, is expected to have been seen by over 7 million people as they drive past the building.
Off The Wall 2, is an indoor/outdoor exhibition of 30 artists who have created 40 new works. It runs from April 22nd - May 18th.
For more details visit the Gallery website www.eco-logicalart.org
29.03.2007 - 10:14h
Global Tracking for a Global Project
Shortly after One Million Points Of Light’s first birthday, in February, a global tracking service was added to the site.
The small global maps, on the right of many of the site's pages, display how far One Million Points Of Light is ‘spreading’ around the world. Each red dot represents a visitor to the project and the larger the dot, the greater the number of visitors from that location.
Provided by ClustrMaps.com, this service is completely free to web sites which want to ‘view’, graphically, where their visitors are coming from.
The ClustrMaps team liked what we were doing with their free service so much that they featured One Million Points Of Light as one of their ”Users Of the Month” and upgraded our service to a more advanced system, which allows you to click on the small image and ‘zoom in’ to different continents for more details about visitors from that location.
Many thanks to ClustrMaps for the upgrade and for keeping track of the thousands of visitors who are now viewing One Million Points Of Light.
More details about ClustrMaps can be found on their website. www.clustrmaps.com
05.03.2007 - 19:38h
Project attracts more visitors
March 5th saw the One Million Points Of Light Project register half a million clicks.
There has been tremendous interest in the project over the past few weeks, with more and more people "switching on" a block of light, and thousands of people visiting to see where those blocks lead.
February was the busiest month for clicks since the project's launch last year. It has now passed the 500,000 mark which means more visitors are exploring more of the links and features than ever before.
Huge thanks to everyone who has visited, clicked on a block of light and explored the site it was connected to.
Here's to one million!
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14.02.2007 - 09:05h
More Countries - More Viewers
84 countries are now viewing the One Million Points Of Light Project.
Visitors continue to increase and, February and March, people have begun to watch the One Million Points Of Light Project from: Latvia, Namibia, Uganda, Uruguay and the Virgin Islands, these, added together with the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (see news item below), bring the total number of countries, territories and areas, which have logged onto view the home page, to 84.
February 13th also saw the highest number of unique visitors to the Project ever!
Taking work by artists out of the traditional gallery system, and making it available in less intimidating spaces, is an interesting (and relevant) topic. Being seen in 84 countries, by thousands of viewers, whenever they choose, helps contribute to that discussion a little.
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09.02.2007 - 09:01h
One Thousand Greetings
A very happy birthday to One Thousand Paintings Dot Com.
Now celebrating 365 days online, and its considerable success over the past year, this Swiss based painting/internet/art market project is going from strength to strength.
Artist Sala, who set up the onethousandpaintings.com has painted (and sold) 742 of the 1,000 paintings on offer, is about to exhibit some of these in Berlin and has attracted the attention of the international art market. Sala is also taking part in One Million Points Of Light - you will have no problem finding his blocks of light here.
Huge congratulations and best wishes for another year online.
06.02.2007 - 14:51h
Tropical Island Viewing
One Million Points Of Light is now being viewed on the tropical Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
For a Project like this you might expect it to be viewed in major metropolitan areas, with high speed broadband internet connections (which it is), but we have now gone ‘tropical’ with the addition of a recent connection to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. This brings the Project’s viewing countries to 79.
The Islands are located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, 2750km north-west of Perth, and 900km west south-west of Christmas Island. Just in case you were thinking of visiting!
Image courtesy Don Fuchs and | www.cocos-tourism.cc
03.02.2007 - 00:47h
Happy First Birthday!
One Million Points Of Light celebrates 365 days online.
Today, the One Million Points Of Light Project moved from ‘infancy’ to early ‘childhood’ by celebrating One Year online.
When Andrew Pepper purchased the first block of light last year (in the top left corner of the screen), he had no idea if anyone would join him. They did. Today there are people taking part from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, The UK and USA.
Traffic to the Project has increased on a daily basis with some days generating over 700 hits. More people have joined the project, and switched on more blocks of light, in the past ten days, than during any other period since the launch. We now have the largest block illuminated, made up of 112 individual rectangles - see the news item below.
Thank you to everyone who has visited the site, over the past year, and to all the people who have ‘switched on’ their blocks.
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03.02.2007 - 00:05h
One Thousand Paintings
One Million Points Of Light collaborates with OneThousandPaintings.com.
To celebrate our first year online One Million Points Of Light is collaborating with a Zurich based art project which is offering to paint 1,000 paintings of numbers 1-1,000.
The One Million Points Of Light Project will acquire one of these unique paintings and, in return, the One Thousand Paintings site has just “switched on” the largest block of light to date. You can’t miss it on our homepage, so click through and explore this elegant and, incredibly successful, art project.
Swiss artist, Sala, has already painted over 700 numbers and shipped them globally. As more are sold the price of each increases. See if your favourite number is still available!
01.02.2007 - 12:29h
Hits Galore - Storm of Interest
January 2007 registered the most number of hits on the One Million Points Of Light Project since its launch!
Normally, at the beginning of a new year, people are preoccupied with health, fitness and organising their life but some have found time to visit the One Million Points Of Light Project in unprecedented numbers. Over 68,000 hits were registered in January, 17,000 more than the busiest month last year! Not all hits equate to visitors - they give an indication of activity on the site - but this means that people are exploring more pages on the Project and clicking through to the expanding selection of web sites already connected.
The Project is now well on its way to registering half a million hits!
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16.01.2007 - 17:27h
New Featured! Section
A new section has been added to the One Million Points Of Light site for 2007.
Each month ‘Featured!’ will select one of the blocks of light illuminated on the Project’s homepage and highlight the person who switched it on. Selection is completely random so everyone taking part has an equal chance of being featured.
First, for January, is American artist Amy Youngs. To read more about her interactive installations select “Featured!” from the blue menu above or go directly to the new section.
16.01.2007 - 17:45h
The start of a new year and some co-ordinated collaboration has begun to take place on the One Million Points Of Light Project.
Artist and writer Lesley Melia-Tooze got together with a UK artist group and also encouraged her friends, who operate a Buddhist web site, to co-ordinate blocks. They began by attaching themselves to an already established set of blocks from a community arts group, run by Antoinette Robinson and Gordon Dickinson, in Wiltshire, UK.
The result has been a virtual collaboration producing a pattern of blocks, just off centre, on the Project homepage which now visually links individuals and groups in London, Berkshire and Wiltshire.
06.12.2006 - 12:40h
78 Countries View Project
November saw a huge increase in visitors to the One Million Points Of Light Project - the largest number since it was launched.
With this sudden surge in interest the project is now being viewed in 78 countries.
New locations in which the growing image is being seen are:
The Dominican Republic, Ghana, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Luxembourg,
Philippines, Saint Helena, Saint Vincent & Grenadines, South Korea
and the United Arab Emirates.
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10.11.2006 - 14:41h
Real objects from a virtual world
Online shopping is now part of the One Million Points Of Light Project .
Around the world major art galleries, museums and blockbuster exhibitions have one thing in common - they all include some form of retail outlet. Now One Million Points Of Light joins in with the launch of its online shop.
We have teamed up with major internet retailer CafePress and put together a new online shop were you can purchase real objects inspired by the Million Points Of Light Project. Using print on demand technology, your product is made just for you after you place your order. Shipping is international, payment is secure and there is a 100% money back guarantee.
Go shopping - Visit the One Million Points Of Light Shop now.
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30.09.2006 - 12:20h
Quarter of a Million
On the 29th September the One Million Points Of Light Project reached a milestone by registering 250,000 hits.
People visiting the project have now clicked on its various pages, and links, over a quarter of a million times which means the artists, galleries and media professionals who have Ã¯Â¿Â½switched onÃ¯Â¿Â½ blocks of light are receiving a regular, and increasing, stream of visitors.
Many thanks to everyone who has explored the Project and to all the people who have Ã¯Â¿Â½switched onÃ¯Â¿Â½ blocks of light and provided links to an increasing network of locations.
Do you think it is art? Why not cast your vote.
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23.09.2006 - 14:28h
Could it be art?
Could the One Million Points of Light Project be art? Here is your chance to join the debate and give your view.
A new site has been launched to allow visitors to vote on this question. It only takes 3 clicks and you will be able to follow the results each time you visit the site. Either use the "Art?" button in the menu at the top of this page or go directly to the site www.coulditbeart.co.uk
Andrew Pepper, who launched One Million Points Of Light, thinks this is an art project - is he right? Vote now!
22.09.2006 - 11:44h
German Art Collection
Matthias Lauk has recently connected his LAUK web site to One Million Points Of Light.
Known, internationally for his art collection (which contains many important examples of creative holography), he also founded and directed the Museum for Holography and New Visual Media in Germany and has organised numerous media promotions, exhibitions, events and publications.
His web site (in German and English) provides a view into a variety of art and promotional events as well as giving brief details of his collections.
Visit the LAUK web site at: www.lauk.de
08.09.2006 - 10:38h
LA Eco Gallery recycles art
ECO-LogicalArt is part of the LA based gallery DejaDesign set up by artist Peter Schulberg. The gallery’s ongoing fine art projects invite artists to paint/use/incorporate recycled billboard vinyl (of which the is a lot in LA!). Tossed into landfills by the ton weekly, this heavy, ink impregnated material is an environmental nightmare. ECO-LA artists take the indestructible nature of advertising vinyl and turn it into a creative statement.
The pieces recalibrate the old question with a new eco-answer- offering not art or commerce, but art from commerce.
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08.08.2006 - 13:30h
Gallery reaches One Thousand Hits
Gallery 286, located in London, UK, was the first gallery to take part in the The One Million Points of Light Project.
On August 8th their block of light was the first to reach 1,000 hits.
During August and September the gallery is showing paintings by Olivia Stanton. There is also a selection of work from the Jonathan Ross Hologram Collection, in connection with a large exhibition at Bodelwyddan Castle, Wales. David Whitaker will be showing water colours during October.
Many thanks to Jonathan Ross for being the first gallery to take part in the One Million Points of Light Project and for attracting so many visitors!!
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06.07.2006 - 10:36h
Global visitors from 66 countries
The One Million Points of Light Project is global, accessible from any point on the planet with an Internet connection and computer. This world-wide accessibility is underpinned by the fact that people are currently viewing the project from 66 countries.
To date, these include:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands Antilles, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, Yugoslavia.
Image Â© Kiyoshi Takahase Segundo, | dreamstime.com
05.07.2006 - 12:59h
Largest number of blocks illuminated
Jim Trolinger, USA/UK, became the first participant in the Project to switch on 50 blocks of light. Divided up between three distinct shapes, this is currently the largest group of blocks connected to the same web site.
Many thanks to Jim, a physicist, artist and collector, for helping shape the emerging luminous image which is One Million Points Of Light.
Visit his Art, Science and Tourist site at:
24.06.2006 - 13:38h
American art museum features online project
The Butler Institute of American Art, which joined the project last month, has promoted the One Million Points Of Light site in its members magazine.
The publication keeps its members up to date with exhibitions, events and news related to the Butler. In their Summer issue they highlighted the project as part of a feature on current and forthcoming exhibitions.
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24.06.2006 - 11:11h
Artist Run VINEspace join the project
VINEspace is an artist run exhibition space located in London’s Bethnal Green which features contemporary work by established and emerging artists.
The current exhibition, ‘small works’ includes pieces by Richard Box, Sean Branagan, Cath Ferguson, Paul Helliwell, Ian Johnson, Ian Skoyles, Seamus Staunton and Laura White.
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24.06.2006 - 11:21h
East London Space Connected
The Residence, a show home for contemporary art, is Located in East London and was founded by artist Ingrid Z in 2005.
Interactive ideas and spontaneous experiments are encouraged through lightening speed programming of exhibitions, screenings, risks, performances and discussions featuring local and international artists.
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18.05.2006 - 10:36h
American Art Institute now Online
The Butler Institute of American Art became the first large American arts organisation to take part in One Million Points Of Light.
Situated in Youngstown, Ohio, USA, the Butler is regarded as the "first museum" of American Art. It contains over 20,000 individual works in its permanent collection and mounts a vibrant series of exhibitions covering a wide range of media. Its purpose built Beecher Center, which makes up the south wing of the Youngstown complex, is dedicated to new media and regularly displays works of art that utilise computers, holography, lasers and other digital processes.
The Institute has recently launched a new web site with extensive details of their collection, exhibitions and programmes.
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17.04.2006 - 17:07h
Gallery connects to 500 visitors
Gallery 286 is the first gallery to pass 500 click throughs on its set of illuminated blocks, which can be found in the central area of the project’s home page.
The gallery was the first to take part in One Million Points Of Light and has been top of the "Top Ten" listing since it appeared on 3rd February 2006 (the launch day for One Million Points Of Light). It is currently the most visited web site connected to the project.
Based in London, the gallery shows contemporary work from a number of artists and is about to open a new exhibition of paintings, by Edward Bell, on 9th May.
The current exhibition of photographs from Nick Howard, Mahl-Sticks and Other Images, is on view until the end of April.
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08.04.2006 - 18:49h
Connection to Switzerland
The Lucy Mackintosh Gallery is the first contemporary art gallery to join the project from Switzerland.
The gallery features contemporary art from Swiss and international artists providing a showcase for their work and a supportive environment for their individual and collective vision.
As well as working with artists, the gallery also invites graphic designers to exhibit their work, in some cases exploring its three-dimensional possibilities, and pushing it beyond the purely visual.
Visit the Galerie Lucy Mackintosh site
05.04.2006 - 19:57h
Site recieves 100,000 hits
Just 8 weeks since its launch and the Million Points Of Light site has received over one hundred thousand hits!. People are visiting from all over the world to view this emerging image and follow links connected to each illuminated block.
There are now connections on the site to artists, photographers, holographers, galleries, designers, journalists, musicians, symposia, film makers, scholars, art portals, students and art curious businesses. The groups and individuals who have ‘switched on” blocks of light are taking part from locations in Australia, Canada, Switzerland, the UK and USA.
31.03.2006 - 10:20h
Lumia spells out name
The work of Danish light art pioneer, Thomas Wilfred, has been connected to the One Million Points Of Light Project using 44 individual blocks arranged to spell out ‘LUMIA’, the word he used to describe his luminous art constructions.
American art collector Eugene Epstein spent over an hour connecting up the blocks of light which now link to the Lumia web site which features images and information from his collection.
Eugene has one of the few private collections of work by Thomas Wilfred. He regularly loans pieces to major exhibitions which have, over the past few months, included The Pompidou Centre, Paris, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Tate, Liverpool, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, The Centre for Art and Media (ZKM), Karlsruhe, and the Kunsthalle, Vienna.
Visit Eugene Epstein’s Lumia Light Art site www.lumia-wilfred.org.
Freeze-frame image from Opus 161 "Untitled," 1965/66, 125 x 79 cm. © Eugene Epstein
29.03.2006 - 11:26h
BBC radio and web feature attracts record visitors
During March BBC radio broadcast an interview with Andrew Pepper about the One Million Points Of Light Project. In connection with this the BBC web site also featured details about the global nature of the project and its development during the first few weeks. You can view the BBC web feature here.
That day (15th March) the site recorded its highest number of hits - jumping to over three thousand - more than double the number received on a ‘normal’ day.
02.03.2006 - 09:08h
MOOT lights up
MOOT becomes the first artist run gallery to participate in One Million Points of Light.
Based in Nottingham, UK, MOOT opened in 2005 and has already made a name for itself as a young dynamic space to exhibit. With support from the Arts Council England it has hosted a number of successful exhibitions and will be one of the venues for Sideshow, a city wide art event in response to the British Art Show 6, during April and May 2006.
During March 2006 London based artist Jonty Lees is given his first solo exhibition and the opportunity to make new work specifically for Moot.
Visit MOOT online at www.mootgallery.org
08.02.2006 - 13:22h
First Gallery to include link to One Million Points of Light
The first gallery to include a link to One Million Points of Light is Gallery 286, London. Visitors to the site can view a dynamic banner, which shows how many points of light have already been illuminated.
Thanks to Jonathan Ross and Gallery 286 for helping draw the project to the attention of all their visitors.
03.02.2006 - 13:24h
International Art Project Launched
One Million Points of Light was launched, by British Fulbright artist Andrew Pepper, at the Broadway Media Centre, Nottingham, England, on Friday 3rd February 2006.
This online collaborative project is open to anyone with a connection to the Word Wide Web and has the potential to involve ten thousand individuals and groups.
The concept is simple - visitors to the site are invited to "switch on" 100 pixels of light and position their chosen block of colour anywhere within a screen made up of one million points. Over the following year the screen will begin to fill as more and more pixels are switched on. As each person can choose where they would like their pixels and specify a colour, the finished screen will be 'drawn' by the individuals who take part.
Each block of 100 pixels can display the name of the person who switched them on and also provide a link to their web site. Not only will the project produce a collaborative visual statement, but the web links will act as an online catalogue to, a possible, ten thousand locations on the Net.
During his lecture at the Broadway Pepper commented..."I am curious to see what people do with this project. Although it is primarily aimed at those with an interest in the visual arts and the Net, it is open to anyone who stumbles across it and would like to make a visual mark and at the same time provide a web link for visitors to follow."
The project is self funding and will be visible for at least three years. As each individual pays a small contribution to "switch on" their own pixels, this income will be used to administer the project, maintain the servers on which it runs and attract more participants.
Andrew Pepper has been working with light and holography for over 25 years. More details about his work can be found at