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Wed, 31 May 2006

Looking 180 degrees in the other direction
So after looking at Chris Ashley's work some more and doing some thinking I realized I have been travelling blindly in a singular direction with my Space Filling Curve Art Generator(35k). I have been relentlessly pursuing more pixels, higher resolution and greater detail under the notion that bigger is better, with the ultimate goal of printing huge output. Must be the native Texan in me coming out subconsciously. It is easy to get caught up in the complexity of mathmatical works and get carried away overcomplicating things.

The scale and elegance of Ashley's work opened my eyes to a direction that I have neglected.

So I have decided to investigate what I can do with my art generators by looking 180 degrees in the other direction.... less resolution, less color, and lower fidelity technology. As an experiment, I have modified a version of the space curve generator to fill very small spaces with lower resolution graphics. I now have a crude version that exports the output to html tables.


Click on the thumbnails above to open the html drawings in a new window.

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Thu, 25 May 2006

Chris Ashley
Every so often I check out Look, See by Chris Aslhey, there is always something good there. Chris Ashley makes exquisite drawings using html tables and animated gifs. He releases new drawings every day and also writes about art. When I first discovered his site I spent hours going through his work and still barely scratched the surface.

So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that he posted one of my space filling curve pieces up on his blog, apparently it reminded him of one of his older works, Mojave XV.

Chris Ashley Mojave XV
Mojave XV by Chris Ashley

I could go on an on about how nice his work is but you should just go check it out in his blog. Rob Myers of says in his review, "It is the way that Chris's HTML table drawings hold and animate their aesthetic references that give them the internal complexity required to have a critical voice. Like a political weblog they draw in, interrogate and comment on issues from a larger world, although the world of aesthetics rather than politics. And it is this that gives them their lasting value as art."

Web site of Chris Ashley
Look, See by Chris Aslhey

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Tue, 23 May 2006

Hilbert Cube by Carlo Sequin
By now it should be no secret that I am an admirer of Hilbert curves. So when I find other artists and mathematicians using them to create images or three dimensional forms, naturally I get excited.

This Hilbert Cube by Carlo Sequin is fantastic. Better still, it was printed out in 3d using some kind of new 3d rapid prototyping machine, excellent! Where can I get my hands on one of those?

sequin hilbert cube
"Hilbert Cube" Stainless steel and bronze alloy, 5 inch cube, 2005

"Hilbert Cube" is a space filling recursive curve in 3 dimensions in analogy to the famous Hilbert curve in the plane. Special care has been taken to never place more than three coplanar line segments in sequence. At the largest recursion step the geometry has been slightly altered so as to obtain a closed loop.

Carlo H. Sequin is a professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D degree in experimental physics from the University of Basel, Switzerland in 1969. From 1970 till 1976 he worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, N.J., on the design and investigation of Charge-Coupled Devices for imaging and signal processing applications. In 1977 he joined the faculty in the EECS Department at Berkeley, teaching courses in integrated circuits, computer-aided design, and computer graphics. He is a Fellow of the ACM, a Fellow of the IEEE, and has been elected to the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences.

Sequin says, "The artistic achievement lies in finding a procedural formulation that can reflect the inherent symmetries and constructive elegance that seems to lie beneath the physical laws of our universe."

You can read more on Sequin in Anne Burns' essay.

Essay excerpt courtesy of Anne Burns -- Professor of Mathematics Long Island University

Web site of Carlo Sequin

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Thu, 18 May 2006

New online version of space filling curve art generator
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New shockwave version of my space filling curve art generator (opens in a new page, shockwave 35k) now online.

This project basically explores related points along a Hilbert space filling curve. It has the color theory module ripped straight from the Postmodern Modernist Generators. The color theory module combined with a square drawing routine combine to create a Josef Albers on amphetamines effect.

Space Filling Curve Art Generator(35k) by Don Relyea

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Mon, 08 May 2006

New Generative Video Project - Apparition of Norma Jean

Apparition of Norma Jean

I have been working on a new generative video piece based on elements from the Postmodern Modernist experiments as well as elements from the hair particle drawing experiments. It turned out pretty cool. I am still playing with it and I have plans for a small series of similar works centered around this code base. I have created smaller shockwave versions that are pretty similar to the larger ones and made them available below.

Apparition of Norma Jean (silent version--540k)

Apparition of Norma Jean (Music: Alpha Clearance by Jump Rope Girls 9mb)

Be patient the one with audio takes a while to load. The one without audio loads pretty quick, but it doesn't start animating until all the source graphics are generated so you may need to wait about 15 seconds or so depending on your computer speed. Enjoy!

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