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Not My Uncle

Data visualization illustrating my genetic relationship to a hollywood celebrity. Because of my last name, I get asked about this relationship quite frequently. People often assume for some (probably very interesting and study-able socialogical) reason that Leonard is my uncle when in reality, he is my second cousin once removed. He is my second cousin because my dad shares a great-grandpa with him. He is once removed because I am one generation deeper. And so I have printed the visualization out and laminated it. I now carry this in my wallet.

Imagined Overtures Album Cover

The album art for the Los Angeles Electric 8's new release took a lot of love from the community. The circular element is a visualization of the entire album's contents. Treated as one track, the sound data was analyzed using a fast fourier transform in OpenFrameworks and stored as white space separated ASCII floats. This spectrum data was then plotted along a spiral, with color changes indicating the different pieces. The spiral was then repeated as part of the collaborative silk screening process. The typographic layouts were designed by Rebecca Shostak, using the typeface "Arual" by Curtis Mack. We used 5 Print Gocco screens in 2 days. The printing was done at Wild Magnolia Design in Culver City, then assembled at Pony House in San Pedro. I love the convenience of the gocco, but I'm interested in somehow replacing those yellow bulbs with something less wasteful, like possibly augmenting a camera's flash component to produce the same UV wavelength. If anyone out there knows more of the scientific details of the Gocco bulb, I'd be happy to do the circuit bending. It's beautiful to see a generated visualization printed in metallic gold and white ink. I hope more of my art projects in the future can be this collaborative.

OpenFrameworks screenshot

OpenFrameworks screenshot

metallic gold, brick, and a bit of mossy green

metallic gold, brick, and a bit of mossy green

albums signed and numbered by artist

albums signed and numbered by artist

re-inking allowed much chromatic variation

re-inking allowed much chromatic variation

Becca, Josh, and Phillip

Becca, Josh, and Phillip

Josh and Marc

Josh and Marc

Josh and Marc

Josh and Marc

Assembled by Marc and Becky Nimoy

Assembled by Marc and Becky Nimoy

Felix Salazar

Felix Salazar

Disappeared In America Interactive Timeline

Interactive Flash-based visualization of news items pulled from a mysql database for an art-activism group. I developed this in preparation for a show at FACT, Liverpool having just made friends with project leader Naeem Mohaiemen. The project was supposed to be open source, but I can't figure out where I left the source.

Map for the Sefton Park Walk

A map of Liverpool's Sefton Park for the Sefton Walk Park project, the sound player will follow the trail and even catch its place when the user jumps around in the playback controller. I'm also particularly proud of the black and white version of the map. The map had to be drawn from several references since neither Google, nor conceptual maps have needed to show such a detailed level of trails in the area.

Disuvero Primes Collaboration

Collaborative relationship with artist sculptor Mark Disuvero in search of patterns in prime numbers. The following are a few visualizations produced from various programming languages. click for high resolution file.

a very big image, each pixel meaning different things   about odd-even relationships and a concept Mark started calling 'sumsets'

a very big image, each pixel meaning different things about odd-even relationships and a concept Mark started calling 'sumsets'

X Y graph showing a few things

X Y graph showing a few things

polar spiral

polar spiral

Detlab

I co-founded a project in the East Village, providing a peer-invite safe-haven for free thinking experimenters to get support to continue experimenting, and owning/controlling their own work. DET, as coined by Yoshimi Shin, stands for Design Entertainment Technology. The online system provided password protected collaborative workspaces and most importantly, an automated way for the young participants to propose ideas to potential funders from within a bubble of mutual non-disclosure. Detlab was effectively the opposite of the Creative Commons community project, but did contain a commons within its protected center. I left the project when I moved to Italy.

EarthFolding

A computer screen shows the Earth floating in outer-space. Slowly, as the computer receives and sends Internet data, this model of the Earth folds itself to bring the two countries closer to one another. I hope to illustrate the post-regionality of online community through contorting the landscape -- changing the shape of the Earth to make possible the physical travel that would have otherwise been necessary. EarthFolding is a carnivore client. Carnivore, created by RSG, is a surveillance tool for data networks. At the heart of the project is CarnivorePE, a software application that listens to the Internet traffic (email, web surfing, etc.) on a given local network. CarnivorePE serves this datastream over the net to a variety of interfaces called "clients." These clients are each designed to animate, diagnose, or interpret the network traffic in various ways. Carnivore clients have been produced by a number of computational artists and designers from around the world. Note: You are not required to install Carnivore. If the Earthfolding software cannot connect to Carnivore, then it will default to an entertaining demonstration mode in which IP addresses are generated at random. This Carnivore client was produced as a project in a class taught by Alex Galloway entitled Internet Protocols. The class was cross listed with the NYU Media Ecology department. The folding earth is a reflection on the following writings: Gilles Deleuze, "Postscript on Control Societies"; Brecht, Bertolt, "The Radio as an Apparatus of Communication"; Eric Hall, "Internet Core protocols"; Lessig, Lawrence, The Future of Ideas; Bruce Sterling, The Hacker Crackdown; Geert Lovink, Dark Fiber; Sol Witt, Paragraphs on Conceptual Art.

Motion Paintings Software

Watch on Vimeo.

MotionPaintings was a system I built in collaboration with artist, Rebecca Allen, based on the terrain mapping from her emmersive environment, Emergence. It allows her to easily create a looping keyed path of 3D cameras, intended for motion-tweening at the speed of growing plants. The idea of the piece is that this painting on the wall will change so slowly that a viewer must come back in an hour to see any noticable visual change. The beautiful mountainous terrain becomes a semi-still painting, admired as an abstract scene of blurring colors. Additionally, I aimed to bring the Emergence software to a level in which the system could be installed on a computer by one non-technical person, in one minute - instead of a crew of programmers over several weeks. This software is currently unavailable for download.

Concept by Rebecca Allen. The beautiful mountainous terrain built by Gino Ok, Pete Conolly, Damon Seeley, and Daniel Shiplacoff. User interface design and data-cleaning by Josh Nimoy.

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