Tag Archive - Edge of Chaos

Drawings by Emma McNally

Drawings by Emma McNally
The influence of data system mapping is immediately apparent when first confronted with the drawings of Emma McNally. The complexity of lines could represent online chatter, the flight path of starlings, or a new global epidemic. But they are all pencil on paper and any system that is being plotted here exists purely within McNally’s mind.

Supercollider 140

Supercollider 140

“When Dan [Stowell] started tweeting snippets of SuperCollider code he expected a lot of “throwaway waffle” but collated also a bunch of really interesting things…Many of these pieces are actually generative, so if you re-run the source code (the track titles) you get a new piece of music.”

—Susanna Glaser at The Mire
writing about the live coding music project Supercollider140, 22 pieces by artists from around the world, each piece created with just 140 characters of code.

Britain seen from the skies above

Britain seen from the skies above
Trailer for a new BBC series that uses satellite tracking and computer imaging to map the “unseen ballet of Britain”.

Joshua Davis On Pollock & Dynamic Abstraction

Joshua Davis - Kimono
“Among modern artists I conceptually identify with Jackson Pollock – not that I’m a particular fan of his visual style, but because he always identified himself as a painter, even though a lot of the time his brush never hit the canvas. There’s something in that disconnect – not using a brush or tool in traditional methods.”


“Pollock might argue that it’s the process of abstraction that’s dynamic, not the end result, which in his case is a static painting. In my own work, the end result is never static; by making room for as many anomalies as possible, every composition generated by the programs we write is unique to itself. I’ll program the “brushes,” the “paints,” the “strokes,” the “rules”, and the “boundaries”. However it is the software that creates the compositions — the programs draw themselves. I am in a constant state of surprise and discovery, because the program may structure compositions that I may never have thought of to execute or might take me hours to create manually.”

-Joshua Davis

Visualizing Data for the Masses

New York Times Info Graphics
Searching for examples of info graphics from the New York Times, I found this great collection of work by Megan Jaegerman (on Tufte’s site no less). Also worth checking out: Matthew Ericson, the Deputy Graphics Director at the NY Times, recently gave the keynote at an info graphics conference in California. You can download the slides (pdf) for this presentation titled “Visualizing Data for the Masses: Information Graphics at The New York Times”. (all of this via: db79.com)

The Virtual Water Project

The Virtual Water Project
“The water footprint of a person, company or nation is defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the commodities, goods and services consumed by the person, company or nation.”

Designer Timm Kekeritz creates something tangible (and beautiful) through his poster design for The Virtual Water Project.

When the routine bites hard

love will tear us apart
From Visual Complexity:

“Using information design principles and graphical techniques, the 85+ recorded covers of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” is mapped in relation to the original recordings by the band.”

The requisite soundtrack

…and the trailer for Anton Corbijn’s Control.

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