Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

π (4 Million Digits)

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

On October 17, 2011, Shigeru Kondo concluded 371 days of computing 10,000,000,000,000 decimal places of π. Roughly 44 TB of disk were needed to perform the computation, and 7.6 TB of disk space was needed to store the compressed output of decimal and hexadecimal digits.

The advent of digital computers in the 20th century led to an increased rate of new π calculation records. John von Neumann (et al.) used ENIAC to compute 2,037 digits of π in 1949, a calculation that took 70 hours. Additional thousands of decimal places were obtained in the following decades, with the million-digit milestone passed in 1973.

Practically, one needs only 39 digits of π to make a circle the size of the observable universe accurate to the size of a hydrogen atom.

Assuming a total world population of roughly 7 billion people, everyone would have to memorize 1,428 digits in order to preserve all known digits of π in our collective heads. The Guinness-recognized record for remembered digits of π is 67,890 digits, held by Lu Chao, a 24-year-old graduate student from China. It took him 24 hours and 4 minutes to recite to the 67,890th decimal place of π without an error.

An average person can read out approximately 120 digits/min. Keeping this pace it would take more than 158,000 years to recite the 10 trillion digits discovered this year and roughly 3 weeks to read out the 4 million digits visualized here.

Launch Project

After/Before Gursky

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Andreas Gursky’s large-scale color image “Bahrain I” depicts the rolling, visually perplexing route of the Bahrain Formula One racetrack. Gursky, a master of digital manipulation, usually places his lens high above, far away, on cranes, or even on helicopters. His pictures sometimes entail multiple views of the same subject, with different subjects seamlessly spliced together.

In “After/Before Gursky (Bahrain I)” and “After/Before Gursky (Dubai  II)”  I revisited the original sites on Google Earth. Simulating the same camera angle, I took  screen-shots to reveal the amount of Gursky’s digital manipulation.

Left: Andreas Gursky, Bahrain I
2007
C-print mounted on plexiglas in artist’s frame
120 1/2 x 87 1/4 inches

Right: Hermann Zschiegner, After/Before Gursky (Bahrain I)
2009
Digital C-print
11/14 inches
Edition of 10 \$300
16/20 inches
Edition of 5 \$500

Left: Andreas Gursky, Dubai II
2007
C-print mounted on plexiglas in artist’s frame
120 1/2 x 87 1/4 inches

Right: Hermann Zschiegner, After/Before Gursky (Dubai  II)
2009
Digital C-print
11/14 inches
Edition of 10 \$300
16/20 inches
Edition of 5
\$500

Detail

Seascapes

Monday, July 27th, 2009

7 3/4 x 9 3/4 Inches
30 pages, unpaginated, perfect bound

This book is the third in a series of artist books dealing with photography in the age of Google image search. With an obvious nod to the work of artists like Hiroshi Sugimoto and Vija Celmins this book explores the white noise pattern of ocean waves.

Using popular web mapping services like Google Maps, TerraServer and Bing Maps I took screenshots of the Long Island shoreline. These areal photographs could be defined as “leftover” information on the periphery of useful satellite images for mapping purposes.

Prints available:

Untitled (Seascape I)
Digital C-Print
16/20 in (15/15 image) \$250

Untitled (Seascape II)
Digital C-Print
16/20 in (15/15 image) \$250

Untitled (Seascape III)
Digital C-Print
16/20 in (15/15 image) \$250

Untitled (Seascape IV)
Digital C-Print
16/20 in (15/15 image) \$250

Untitled (Seascape V)
Digital C-Print
16/20 in (15/15 image) \$250

Untitled (Seascape VI)
Digital C-Print
16/20 in (15/15 image) \$250

Untitled (Seascape VII)
Digital C-Print
16/20 in (15/15 image) \$250

Untitled (Seascape VIII)
Digital C-Print
16/20 in (15/15 image) \$250

Cowboys

Monday, July 27th, 2009

25 C-Prints, Acrylic Frames
21/31 Inches
Edition of 3
2008

Richard Prince‘s ‘Untitled (Cowboy)’ is a copy (the photograph) of a copy (the advertisement) of a myth (the cowboy). My project adds another iteration to this system.

I used Google Image Search to collect every image of Richard Prince’s ‘Untitled (Cowboy)’ I could find online and subsequently had them printed using Kodak’s online printing service on standard 4×6 glossy photo paper.

The images are displayed in acrylic box frames coupled together with small binder clips.

This installation view shows 25 out of 52 photos, each unique due to different pixel sizes and various compression settings of the downloaded images.

25 C-Prints, Acrylic Frames
21/31 Inches
Edition of 3 \$850

Thirtyfour Parkinglots (book)

Monday, July 27th, 2009

This self-published booklet is the first in a series of limited edition books dealing with photography in the age of Google image search. This one is homage to Ed Ruscha’sThirtyfour Parking Lots‘ originally published in 1967.

The original book contains 34 areal views of empty parking lots taken by areal photographer Art Alanis. The aerials were taken during a one-and-a-half-hour shoot on a Sunday morning, when the lots were empty resulting in a survey of the Los Angeles urban landscape of the late sixties.

Ruscha included a detailed address for all but one parking lot, the only text that accompanied the pictures, thus the book became a roadmap to revisit the original places, transforming the original book into a programmatic device for my project ‘Thirtyfour Parking Lots on Google Earth’.

Copies of the book are available here.

A limited edition (100, numbered & signed) of the book,  including an original print (8×10 in) is available on request.
(\$100)

Levine & Walker

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

7 3/4 x 9 3/4 Inches
30 pages, unpaginated, perfect bound

On July 24th 2008 I did a Google image search using +walker evans +sherrie levine as my search parameter. This book is a collection of all twenty-six images of Allie Mae Burroughs, the most famous of the Evans photos of the Burroughs family that I could find on that day.

They are positioned to match the original print with any whitespace around the image representing the cropped area of the reproduced picture.

File size, pixel aspect ratio and URL of all images are included as a frame of reference. It is only in reading the file names that we can identify if the reproduced image is a Levine or an Evans.

You can purchase copies of the book here.

A limited edition (100, numbered & signed) of the book,  including an original print (8×10 in) is available on request.
(\$100)

This Book Should

Friday, July 24th, 2009

7 3/4 x 9 3/4 Inches
30 pages, unpaginated, perfect bound

Homage to Jonathan Monk, taking his Artist’s book “Cover Version” which features a selection of seminal publications from his extensive collection of books as a departure point to re- contextualize my own collection of artists’ books while referencing his ‘This painting should ideally be hung…‘ series.

Book available here.

NYC (inverse)

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

CYN, 2007
Photomontage,
Digital C-Print 16×20

A new ‘inverse’ urban strategy for New York City.

Detail: Brooklyn Bridge

Detail: Central City

FollowEd

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Digital C-Print, 2007

Pools

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009