Textile: Embroidered Wikipedia Magna Carta

June 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

Artist Cornelia Parker’s Magna Carta – the Wikipedia entry on the Magna Carta collectively embroidered by prisoners, judges,  art world luminaries, and members of the embroiderers guild. 
Cornelia Parker’s Magna Carta on view at the British Library. 


Color: Office for Creative Research

June 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

OCR Journal #001 Each journal has a unique data-generated cover. 

Sold out, alas. 

From the Office for Creative Research



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.

Voronoi: peppergrinder

May 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

From Fred Scharmen’s sevensixfive:

Voronoi are diagrams made by connecting dots to their nearest neighbors and then draw the perpendicular bisectors of those lines to create the honeycomb like cells. From Fred Scharman’s more complete instructions it seems like the process of doing this is very puzzle-like.

Hello Word

April 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Syllabus from Adam Parrish’s course at ITP

Reading and Writing Electronic Text

More resources & info here.

Jeff Thompson: The Poetics of Data

April 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Jeff Thompson
discusses data sets as poetic texts.

[Image: Printout from Art & Language Index 03]

“Index 03 included 64,000 possible combinations of its own text, represented in a shorthand code created for the project. An example line included in Howard’s essay:

C(EX)AB1(X) & N(EX)BC2(X) & N(EX)CD3(X) & N(EX)EF5(X) & N(EX)FG6(X) & C(EX)GH7(X) & N(EX)HI8(X) & N(EX)IJ9(X) & N(EX)JK10(X) & C(EX)KL11(X) & N(EX)LM12(X) & C(EX)MN13(X) & C(EX)NO14(X) & C(EX)OP15(X) & C(EX)PQ16(X).

This interest in merging logical operations and invented linguistic systems with the formal, visual/verbal, and associative – what we can loosely refer to as “poetic” concerns – presents us another possible Rosetta Stone to begin reading data as text. ”

[see: White Heat Cold Logic: British Computer Art 1960-1980. Ed. Brown, Paul; Gere, Charlie; Lambert, Nicholas; Mason, Catherine. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008 (pg. 334), from the essay: Conceptual Art, Language, Diagrams, and Indexes by Graham Howard.]

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