About shardcore.org


Eric Drass is an artist and curator who makes work in a range of media, from painting, to digital installation, to generative experiments which live on the net. Some of his favourite themes are identity, consciousness, the philosophical ramifications of artificial intelligence, big data and the relationship between humans and machines. Sometimes this work is political, frequently it is playful, often it is provocative or transgressive in some way. His works are frequently reported and cited online (BoingBoing, b3ta, Imperica, Computer Arts and Wikipedia etc.)

Eric holds a degree in Philosophy and Psychology (Oxford) and an unfinished PhD in Cognitive Psycholinguistics (also Oxford). He is co-author on a number of patents dealing with PRISM-type surveillance technologies (long before PRISM became public), and a number of academic papers relating to neural network models of language acquisition and heritability.

He also used to be a singer in an experimental hardcore band, an unsuccessful male model, and once took at dotcom 1.0 company from a bedroom project to 14 countries and back, spending $50m on the way. Twenty years ago he was a TV star in America, but he doesn’t like to talk about it.

Imperica have a good interview, if you want to know some more.

Here’s a presentation at Silicon Beach earlier this year:

As of 2013, my paintings are now under the name Eric Drass – some are available to buy from Saatchi Online

You can follow me on twitter:

This website is primarily devoted to my personal works, under the name shardcore. You can find information about my collaborative work at The Fortunecats

You can send a message to shardcore at shardcore@shardcore.org

If you’re here because you’re thinking about ripping off my ideas, please take a moment, click on the link above and get in touch. I can be friendly, and maybe we can do some work together.

If you steal my ideas without credit, I will hunt you like a dog and destroy you.

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9 Responses to “About shardcore.org”

  1. Jenka Potente
    September 26th, 2007 | 6:02 pm

    I attempted to subscribe to your blog from the link posted on your main page and was connected to this: http://www.shardcore.org/shardpress/index.php/feed/

    I don’t know if you see what I see, but I’d describe it as horrifying code.

    Help would be appreciated. Exorcism is preferred, but textual clarification will suffice.

  2. November 8th, 2007 | 11:35 pm

    feeds are now fixed

  3. April 8th, 2009 | 3:23 pm

    Dear Shardcore
    The ‘Congregation’ exhibition was brought to my attention by Barrington and Inessa. Unfortunately I do not have time to make and submit work for the show. Is it likely to happen again in future? If so I would be keen to participate, as I have lots of ideas.


    Stephen P White

  4. George
    August 9th, 2009 | 4:52 am

    Where can I find ClubSofa?

  5. November 13th, 2013 | 11:05 am

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  7. November 19th, 2013 | 5:00 pm

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  8. Mike Kopman
    March 18th, 2014 | 5:03 pm

    Sorry to hear about the bike accident and resulting ‘cockeyedness’. I’m a big fan of your art, ever since I came across your website via a broken link while trying to register a copy of your excellent Iris software for iSight. (I’ve been trying to do a timelapse of me building a traditional wooden boat.)
    I found myself in similar situation a couple of years ago when I got a foreign body in my eye. I was blinded in that eye for a few days with accompanying pain. I took to wearing an eye patch but was ridiculed mercilessly because I work as a professional captain. You can imagine the pirate references!
    I hope your eye comes right soon.

  9. March 18th, 2014 | 5:24 pm

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the kind words, however, for the record, Iris wasn’t me, it was by a friend of mine – I simply held the site on my server and when it expired it automatically reverted to shardcore.org.

    If I had my way *all* broken links would resolve to shardcore.org

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