Data Art

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Bruises

Musician Kaki King’s daughter suffers from a condition (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura) where her body attacks her own platelets, which leads to spontaneous bruising and burst blood vessels. In coping with the stress as a parent who can only do so much for her suffering child, King collaborated with information designer Giorgia Lupi. The result: a mix of personal data collection, reflection, music, and data art entitled Bruises — The Data...

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Obliteration Room invited people to put dotted stickers everywhere

The Obliteration Room (2012) by artist Yayoi Kusama started as a blank white room and ended as a room completely covered by dotted stickers. It’s like the early stages of a Reddit April Fool’s joke. Tags: dots

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Time-lapse shows night sky at varying levels of light pollution

One of my favorite childhood memories is the time I went camping and saw the Big Dipper for the first time. There weren’t any lights in the mountains to diffuse the view of the sky. Sriram Murali uses time-lapse to demonstrate. Queue the ethereal music: [via kottke] Tags: light, pollution, time-lapse

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Ed Sheeran’s creative process explained with music visualization

The New York Times is back at it in explaining the creative process. A couple of years ago the making of a Justing Bieber song. This time they talked to Ed Sheeran and his collaborators about the making of their hit song Shape of You. The musicians talk and the visualization serves as a backdrop. Tags: Ed Sheeran, music, New York Times

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Tracking ballet dancer movements

Research group Euphrates experimented with lines and a ballet dancer’s movements in Ballet Rotoscope: By the way, rotoscoping is an old technique used by animators to capture movement. Pictures or video are taken and lines are traced for use in different contexts. [via @Rainmaker1973] Tags: ballet, rotoscope

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How generative music works

Generative music comes from the design of a system that produces notes that follow a set of rules. Tero Parviainen provides a detailed, interactive explainer for how this works in practice using ample examples. Take your time with this one. Tags: music

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Looking for patterns and structures from the sky

Photographer Bernhard Lang takes pictures in small planes and helicopters, pointing his camera towards the ground. In the ongoing project Aerial Views, he focuses on patterns and structures, which makes for interesting visuals that you’d miss on the ground. Tags: photography, physical

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Visualization song release

Ukranian band Obiymy Doschu released a new song Razom. “It’s a uplifting and tender song about being afraid of your own hapiness and holding your feelings inside, and that sometimes just a little step in the direction of a loved one will help you find yourself again.” Sounds good to me. The lead singer is also an engineer at Mapbox, and he made a visualization to accompany a song. Each...

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Visualizing fertilization of egg by sperm at the atomic level, with a Star Wars theme

Don Ingber and Charles Reilly of the Wyss Institute used data at the atomic level to visualize the simulation of sperm fertilizing an egg. The researchers used a Star Wars theme. To see if entertainment could offer a solution to this challenge, Ingber teamed up with Charles Reilly, Ph.D., a molecular biophysicist, professional animator, and Staff Scientist at the Wyss Institute who previously worked at movie director Peter Jackson’s Park...

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Art piece uses wind energy to mine cryptocurrency and then fund climate research

HARVEST is an art piece by Julian Oliver that consists of a 4G-connected waterproof computer connected to a wind turbine. While it is powered by the wind, the computer mines for for cryptocurrency, and earnings are then cashed out as donations to climate change research organizations. Yeah. Tags: climate, crytocurrency

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