John Michael Boling
Since 2005
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America


General Web Content


For today's General Web Content I have assembled a collection of images that repurpose traditional models of data visualization for humorous/bizarre/illuminating effect. This meme has been around for several years now, first coming into mainstream awareness with the emergence of the overwhelmingly brilliant website "rap represented in mathematical charts and graphs," and continues to be a persistent mechanism for creative expression across the web. (Especially in forums such as b3ta, 4chan, and Something Awful.) The intent of this collection is not to present a best of, but merely to convey a broad overview of the meme. Enjoy.



























































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Sucks (2009) - Brad Tinmouth



Vacuum, Monitor, Computer, Plastic Bag, Digital Timer Based on a statement provided by John Oswald.

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Eternal Sunset (2006) - Adriaan Stellingwerff



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"Eternal Sunset" in Athlone, Ireland

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"Eternal Sunset" in Athlone, Ireland

Eternal Sunset endeavours to ensure you can enjoy the sunset live from any location, at any time. As the sunset moves westward, Eternal Sunset continuously tunes into different webcams, chasing the sunset around the globe. This service is currently provided through the use of 198 west-facing webcams across 39 countries.

Eternal Sunset is a virtual space where time is passing but where the daily cycle of day and night has come to a freeze at sunset; a space where the sun is always going down but never goes under. Complementing the increased efficiency and productivity associated with the internet, Eternal Sunset celebrates the romantic beauty enabled by that same technology.

-- DESCRIPTION FROM THE "ETERNAL SUNSET" SITE

[Eternal Sunset was a 2006 Rhizome Commission]

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Exposure Adjustment on a Sunset (2009) - Artie Vierkant



Video of a full sunset altered so that the brightness level remains constant from beginning to end.

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Sunset Solitaire (2005) - Joe Mckay


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[Video clip of "Sunset Solitaire" here]

In this performance/video I've written a program on my computer that lets me mix the sunset live. I have three gradient fields that I can constantly change with specially devised hardware. I then project from my computer onto a garage in a field behind my studio. I did this a few times - each time I went back to the studio and messed with the software, and each time I got a little better at the game.

-- FROM THE ARTIST'S STATEMENT

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