See You See Me (2009) - Evan Roth

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See You See Me is a new project in which a digital camera records the moment of X-Ray in various international airports.

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average photographs study (2008) - kitschpatrol

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Every day, flickr deems 500 photographs from its database "interesting." Each frame of this video represents the average of one day's 500 interesting photographs. In series, the video frames document each day's average interestingness between July 1, 2004 and July 1, 2007. This video is a study for a larger-scale, interactive representation of similar data.

-- FROM THE ARTIST'S STATEMENT

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Removal Studies (2008) - Michael Kontopolos

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From the artist's statement:

"Removal Studies" are a series of videos made using time-lapse photography. These videos are sleep studies that observe the reaction of the unconscious body to the negative stimulus of removing the covers. The covers are removed by a machine that attaches to the bed and tugs a slight amount off in increments throughout the night. By studying the sleeping body, my aim was to capture something very honest and very animal about human beings. I was interested in this gesture of removal -- and subsequently, exposure -- and how it could function as a larger metaphor.



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Clouds of Clouds (2008) - Miguel Leal and Luis Sarmento

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From the artist's statement:

Clouds of clouds is a random generator of cloud images. Each new cloud is unique and indexed to a particular time (GMT) on a particular day. Its clouds were made on similar dates and at similar times, not necessarily the same year, and are linked to the original web pages.

The basis of the archives are all images indexed with the tags "cloud" or "clouds" on Flickr.

These are not clouds in the atmospheric meaning of the word, but instead entities with which they share a complexity that can be confused with instability, unpredictability and irreducibility. That this is based on a relatively simple visualisation arrangement is another way of indicating that this complexity depends less on what we see on the surface than on the networks of relationships established from it.

Via Ethan Ham's blog

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bodega list (2009) - Jeff Sisson

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"I would like every bodega in New York City to have a homepage."


"Bodegas on the bodega list come from off-premise liquor license listings on the New York State Liquor Authority website. Bodega images, locations, and names are gleaned by humans using the "IS THIS A BODEGA?" tool. Once a bodega has been verified, it appears on the list and on the red dot map."

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Inauguration Overload

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Move over holographic reporting! With Obama's inauguration coming up tomorrow, many news organizations are experimenting with innovative ways to address the event. Here's a short list:

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Image: Design by Paula Scher, from the upcoming edition of the Guardian G2

  • Graphic Designers and Illustrators Reinterpret Past Obama Speeches for the Guardian's G2 Section
    In tomorrow's issue of the Guardian G2, a number of acclaimed designers and illustrators will reimagine select excerpts from Obama's previous speeches. Click the link to CR Blog above for a quick preview.
  • CNN's "The Moment"
    In an effort to "...capture the most detailed experience of a single moment ever," CNN will assemble photos sent in by users into one epic photosynth. Almost every major news source seems to be inviting photo submissions from attendees, but CNN are clearly trying to put themselves ahead of the pack by assembling them all into 3D.
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    Image: I Hope So Too

  • NY Times Interactive's I Hope So Too and Inaugural Words: 1789 to the Present
    These two projects from the talented interactive team at the NY Times illustrate the public's future aspirations for the presidency and the vocabulary used in inaugural speeches. Over 200 people shared their hopes for the Obama presidency in interviews conducted for I Hope So Too, a section that groups these recordings by theme. Visitors can agree with the statements made, or alternately offer up their own hopes, it theirs aren't represented. Inaugural Words: 1789 to the Present depicts, in a tag cloud for each president, the most-used words from previous inaugural addresses.
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    Satellite image of the United States Capitol

  • The Inauguration, as viewed from space.
    The only non-news organization on this list, the company behind the GeoEye-1 satellite, which generates images for Google Maps and Google Earth ...
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    Nile Studies (2006 - Ongoing) - Michael Aschauer

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    From the artist's statement: Nile Studies is an artistic research and investigation project, an experimental photographic and cultural mapping survey by digitally (slit)scanning Nile's long coastlines and landscapes along with its long and complicated history and politics.

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    Guards (2005) - Harm van den Dorpel

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    Contradictions (2007-2008) - Filippo Minelli

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    Editor's Note: When I first came across this project, it made me a bit uneasy. I do understand that the artist is presenting a contrast between an assumption in advanced industrialized countries that technology will revolutionize our lives, and the reality that many parts of the world lack the infrastructure to support those technologies, thus limiting the scope of such a "revolution." But, by grouping these countries together (Mali, Cambodia, and Vietnam) as a flat representative of the developing world, they become just that, a backdrop to make his point. Thoughts?

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    fragments (2008) - Tom Merrell

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