Featured Collection
This collection highlights works from the ArtBase that draw their influence and departure point from some of the oldest practices to occur at the intersection of computation and the arts: generative and parametric creation, and the visual manifestation of data. These modes of creation trace back far beyond the dawn of the personal computer (one might argue, beyond the dawn of the Turing machine), and have long been intertwined with non-computational artistic practices. In the case of generative and parametric practices presented here, the artists have written or are working in collaboration with software toward the creation of rule or instruction based visual art. This is achieved by establishing certain parameters within which their software must behave, and bestowing upon
These drawings are the result of a collaboration between an artist, Jim Johnson, a faculty member in the Department of Fine Arts, and a group of scientists from the Department of Computer Science in the School of Engineering of the University of Colorado.
Computational Expressionism is an exploration of drawing using a computer that redefines the concepts of line and composition for the digital medium. A computer allows us to construct drawing instruments that take advantage of the dynamism, interactivity, behavioral elements and other features of a programming environment.
Cartesian coordinates are the most pervasive means to organize existence both conceptually and actually. Graphs can present a unified field of understanding by joining thought and feeling along sets of indisputable axis. They are both the rationalization and visualization of things that resist measurement.
Babel (2001)
Babel is Shockwave work in which a new navigation system for searching the web is explored that is based on the Dewey Decimal Classification Sysyem. Here the wealth of information within a library is a metaphor for the abundance of information on the web. The new navigation system features a pulsating array of numerical information that changes size and color depending on the position of the mouse. Clicking on a ...
Manhattan Timeformations maps the evolution of New York's skyscraper districts during the 20th century. The site depicts the dynamic relationship between big buildings and other layers of urban information, including geologic formation, settlement patterns, the location of landfill, transportation and communications infrastructure, zoning laws and real estate cycles.
The Secret Lives of Numbers is an interactive data visualization and online net artwork. The artists conducted an exhaustive empirical study to determine the relative popularity of every integer between zero and one million. The resulting information exhibits an extraordinary variety of patterns which reflect our culture, our minds, and our bodies.
The basic idea of this network project is to create an internet space, which does not relate to geographical information as it usually does (cf. traffic visualization tools), but instead derives directly from the internet-specific code of the IP numbers. The binary code of the IP addresses will be transferred into coordinates in space, and in this manner can produce a 3-dimensional structure that corresponds to the inherent spatial language ...
TRUTH (2003)
Downey's "TRUTH" proposes one-line pieces of poetic, theoretical code. What does truth look like when encrypted with the md5 algorithm? Or when converted to a hex color value?
myData=myMondrian is an interactive art interface in which the personal data provided by viewers is translated into Piet Mondrian-like composition.
As a starting point for this work, Reas asked the question: "Is the history of conceptual art relevant to the idea of software as art?". Through initial exercises he began to answer this question by rebuilding Sol LeWitt wall drawings via software. From this point, Reas began to develop rule based drawings in the spirit of the work, eventually producing Twenty-six dynamic, software driven drawings.
Ortiz's "Spheres" project is an associative semantic visualization that aims to generate layers of dialogue for specific communities. Some spheres search to establish dialogue within a community; however others serve as interfaces of dialogue between distinct communities.
Data from the U.S. Federal aviation administration processed to create animations of flight traffic patterns and density.