“46,656 Words or Sentences Represented with 6 colors, 1862”

reblogging Ben Katchor:

from A. F. Ward’s Universal System of Semaphoric Color Signals, 1862

“A Novel and Original Invention, by which 46,656 words or sentences can be represented with six colors, intended as A Medium of Communication between all Nations, and Applicable to any Language; also adapted to sound and night signals, by which communications may be made at all-seasons, without regard to weather.”


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“Inca Jay” by Andy Thomas (2016)

“Our goal is to create artwork inspired by an expedition to the Amazon rainforest in order to highlight issues related to deforestation.”

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Skyline Music video for Karma Fields by ravenkwok (2015)


“Skyline is a code-based generative music video directed and programmed by Raven Kwok for the track Skyline (itunes.apple.com/us/album/skyline-single/id1039135793) by Karma Fields (soundcloud.com/karmafields). The entire music video consists of multiple stages that are programmed and generated using Processing.

“One of the core principles for generating the visual patterns in Skyline is Voronoi tessellation. This geometric model dates back to 1644 in René Descartes’s vortex theory of planetary motion, and has been widely used by computational artists, for example, Robert Hodgin (vimeo.com/207637), Frederik Vanhoutte (vimeo.com/86820638), Diana Lange (flickr.com/photos/dianalange/sets/72157629453008849/), Jon McCormack (jonmccormack.info/~jonmc/sa/artworks/voronoi-wall/), etc.

“In Skyline’s systems, seeds for generating the diagram are sorted into various types of agents following certain behaviors and appearance transformations. They are driven by either the song’s audio spectrum with different customized layouts, or animated sequence of the vocalist, collectively forming a complex and organic outcome.”


Len Lye – “A COlour Box” (1932″

“The first of Lye’s ‘direct films’ to receive a public screening. Promoted by Sidney Bernstein’s Granada chain of cinemas, it eventually came to be seen “by a larger public than any experimental film before it, and most since” (as the film historian David Curtis has pointed out). Its soundtrack is a beguine – a dance popular in France during the 1930s. A Colour Box won a Medal of Honour at the 1935 International Cinema Festival in Brussels. Having no suitable category in which to award the film, the jury simply invented a new one.”

“As its title suggests, A Colour Box was also notable for being a colour film. Lye used the process of Dufaycolor at a time when colour film was still in an experimental phase. This gave the film a novelty value when first shown. A Colour Box eventually secured quite a wide theatrical release and became popular with both general audiences and critics. Because it was colourful and dynamic, with a catchy musical score, it was more accessible than many abstract films of the period.”


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