Text: Printing Wikipedia

July 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

Michael Mandiburg’s From Aaaaa! to ZZZap!,  an attempt at a 7600 volume print edition of Wikipedia’s entire contents, is a data visualization of Wikipedia’s huge, even impossible,  size. 

More on Mandiburg’s Print Wikipedia here.

A history of attempts to print Wikipedia here (many wonderful projects).


Code Aesthetics: Ada Lovelace

October 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s Ada Lovelace day.

Here’s her table-format code for Babbage’s Difference engine:

ada lovelace code


“Again, [the Analytical Engine] might act upon other things besides number, were objects found whose mutual fundamental relations could be expressed by those of the abstract science of operations, and which should be also susceptible of adaptations to the action of the operating notation and mechanism of the engine . . . Supposing, for instance, that the fundamental relations of pitched sounds in the science of harmony and of musical composition were susceptible of such expression and adaptations, the engine might compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music of any degree of complexity or extent.”  — Ada Lovelace

Read her original essay on the difference engine here.

More on Ada here and here.



Sound: Schematic as Score (Uses of Failure)

May 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Derek Holzer,

on (among other things) failure & experiment, in Vague Terrain:

Schematic as Score: Uses and Abuses of the (In)Deterministic Possibilities of Sound Technology

[image: David Tudor’s “Self-Playing Performance Patch for Untitled (Homage to Toshi Ichiyanagi) (1972)]

“I consider it axiomatic that, for any art work to be considered experimental, the possibility of failure must be built into its process. I am not referring to the aestheticized, satisfying glitches and crackles valorized by Kim Cascone, but to the lack of satisfaction produced by a misguided or misstepped procedure in the experiment, whether colossal or banal. These are not errors to be sought out, sampled and celebrated, but the flat-on-your-ass gaffs and embarrassments that would trouble the sleep of all but the most Zen of musicians or composers.

The presence of failure in a musical system represents feedback in the negative, a tipping point into anti-climax, irrelevance, the commonplace, the cliche or even unintended silence. Many artists try to factor out true, catastrophic failure by scripting, scoring, sequencing or programming their work into as many predictable, risk-free quanta as possible ahead of time. (Spacebar, please.) But this unwelcome presence also guarantees the vitality of that hotly-contested territory – the live electronic music performance.”

See also Derek Holtzer’s site.

The Colors in Rob Myer’s Studio

April 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

The colors in Rob Myer’s studio.

Updated live every 10 minutes.

Here’s how he does it.

The Resultant Barcode is a Symbol of Nothing

April 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

On April 7, 2011,

Derek Beaulieu shipped an empty box via UPS as an artwork.

“The resultant barcode is the symbol of nothing.”

(via Derek Beaulieu’s blog)

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