Posted: Monday, April 27, 2009 | |

"Reflection is a sound data sculpture, which was inspired by and derived from the musical piece by Frans de Waard of the same title."

"A Week in the Life is a visualisation of telecommunications data. The data sculpture represents my movement and communication made with my cell phone in one week. With this project I want to make people aware of the german telecommunications data retention act (Vorratsdatenspeicherung) which requires the telecommunications providers to collect the connection data of all customers, which is an unneccessary breach of privacy. What can be read from the sculpture is my position in the city through the cell sites I used.
The density of the cell sites reflects the speed and frequency of movement within the city. The more often I visited a place, the more cell sites were added to the map."

"Wachstum is a series of images created with a generative system. The application follows algorithms, which define the parameters of the growth process. Each time the application is being run, it creates one unique image over time.
The piece was inspired by theoretical botany and the growth process in nature."

I've always been intrigued by the conceptual frameworks surrounding the idea of form and space, especially with the way that chemical, mechanical, or mathematical data can be translated into a visual form. What fascinates me is to see just how open everything is to being displayed in a new way with a new medium- making the original subject, something as absolute as an element or a sound wave- becomes something completely different. All of a sudden the bounds of visual, conceptual, physical open themselves up like a flower in bloom, allowing for all new sorts of insight. What reminded me of this fascination recently was a video on ( an amazing site in itself, btw) about how knitting, in the 90s, was discovered after hundreds of years of attempts, to be the only way to model hyperbolic structure. The other two types well exhausted and well modeled are in simple terms straight lines and spheres. But somehow a shape found everywhere in nature...coral reefs, lettuce, foliage, animals, appeared impossible to recreate. Here is the video:

And so, because being with an art director and living in Paris requires me to keep my head above cultural water, I was browing some contemporary artists and found Andreas Nicolas Fischer, an artist with a similiar obsession to mine. Translating data into a model format. Lovvvvellyyy. The photos above are works of his. The second photo is of a sculpture of soundwaves.

Completely brings me back to Joy Division and Peter Saville, the sound wave one.


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