animated information design

Great work by Tomas Nilsson (graphic design student in sweden). He tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood (kirmizi baslikli kiz) in an informative way :)

…and he claims that he was inspired by Röyksopp – Remind me.

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about openCL

This might be a bit nerdy BUT for those who are willing to create their works on computers in future, it is totally related to their capabilities to express their ideas… Those who are already involved with computer graphics, I guess they should know what is going on in recent tech news. If you already know about openCL, than it’s great.

Shortly, openCL is the new member of “open” family – which are openGL (open graphics library) and openAL (open audio library). OpenCL stands for “open computing language) and is a platform that opens the boundaries between different processors (cpu, gpu, whatever you have..) and lets you program across heterogeneous systems. Basically, in a down to earth manner, the program written in this platform can use all the available processors to do a single/multiple job/s (simulation, calculations, etc…) on win, linux, mac os, mobile os’, etc… in real time.

If this isn’t interesting, I should remind you that normally anything related to graphics is processed on GPU and you can’t use its processing power for other purposes (although there are ways to do it- which are complex and limited on current tech).

These demonstrations are done using openCL platform by Havok.

and

A quote from openCL site

OpenCL is being created by the Khronos Group with the participation of many industry-leading companies and institutions including 3DLABS, Activision Blizzard, AMD, Apple, ARM, Barco, Broadcom, Codeplay, Electronic Arts, Ericsson, Freescale, HI, IBM, Intel, Imagination Technologies, Kestrel Institute, Motorola, Movidia, Nokia, NVIDIA, QNX, RapidMind, Samsung, Seaweed, Takumi, Texas Instruments and Umeå University.

Which means it will be used very very widely.

get more info about openCL

get wiki info about openCL

just to keep everyone up to date…

INSILICO

Images of the beautiful sky city INSILICO in Second Life, where we were in class today. Sadly it took a very long time to rez, so hopefully these on my Flickr will make up for what we couldn’t properly see while we were there.

More images of Insilico can also be found in the INSILICO Flickr pool.

The blog post I wrote for INSILICO on the NPIRL blog is here.

Many Eyes from IBM Research

If you want to use a data visualization tool with your own data, just to experiment with different visualization types without installing any software, here is the many-eyes from IBM Research. It is a great toolkit with a vast number of visualizaiton possibilities.

we feel fine

A web application by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar.

I really liked the idea and the interface. It offers variations of visualizations and you can observe different trends easily.  If not, you can have a complex look too. It also writes down the feeling on a related random pic and investigate “what does sadness look like? Happiness? Loneliness?” – which is kind of cool to look.

I pasted the info from their page:

We Feel Fine is an exploration of human emotion on a global scale.

Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world’s newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the “feeling” expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.

The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 – 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s? What do people feel right now in Baghdad? What were people feeling on Valentine’s Day? Which are the happiest cities in the world? The saddest? And so on.

have a look!

apartment

Interesting concept. 3D feature could have been better, but mind that it’s an old project (i guess 2000 or 01).

I copy and paste the information from the web.

Viewers are confronted with a blinking cursor. As they type, rooms begin to take shape in the form of a two-dimensional plan, similar to a blueprint. The architecture is based on a semantic analysis of the viewer’s words, reorganizing them to reflect the underlying themes they express. The apartments are then clustered into buildings and cities according to their linguistic relationships.

Each apartment is translated into a navigable three-dimensional dwelling, so contrasting between abstract plans/texts and experiential images/sounds.

Apartment is inspired by the idea of the memory palace. In a mnemonic technique from a pre-Post-It era, Cicero imagined inscribing the themes of a speech on a suite of rooms in a villa, and then reciting that speech by mentally walking from space to space. Establishing an equivalence between language and space, Apartment connects the written word with different forms of spatial configurations.

here is the link…

Art, Politics and Visualizations

Can art visualization bring death?

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1487185
http://www.pierogi2000.com/flatfile/lombardi.html

The process of visualization is not limited and restricted to the simplistic idea that data have no consequence. Even less so that data manipulations are not art. The process of visualization is a knowledge based process that is contextualized in the reality of contemporary society, in the personal limitations, aspirations and emotions of both the author and the user. More  importantly it is a symbolic representation of life and death that can go beyond the mere technological issues and reach philosophical, aesthetic and metaphysical questions. Therefore becoming art.

Who said that visualization is not art? Or that it does not have any relation to contemporary politics and social issues? And if it could be accepted as art, what then happens to the person who discovers the reality of human condition?

The case of Mark Lombardi is a story of visualization processes,  visions, revelations and legal entanglements, as well of life and death, that reveals a small insight in the strange undercurrents of contemporary times. And that for me is art.

Exhibition at the University Art Museum of University at Albany
Exhibition at the University Art Museum of University at Albany

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