Hitch.

Hitch.

I spent a summer working on visualization library of sorts made in processing (and I’ve played around in javascript a bit, but haven’t dealt with the data bits yet). It started when I wanted to see if I could start to manage relationships between objects by having each object only memorize one parent (or child). … [Read more…]

The making of an infographic

The making of an infographic

Last year I made this infographic for the Center for Public Integrity. They wanted to show the flow of information from Prisoner’s families to the players within and outside of the system, most notably JPay. I took inspiration from Minard’s diagram of Napolean’s march to Russia, only instead of showing how many people are lost … [Read more…]

Changing Worlds

Changing Worlds

Over the past decade we have seen a magnificent convergence of media. Mobile phones can play music and display web pages. Computers are capable of crisp, legible text and high quality video — sometimes on the same page. Movies capitalize on advances in display technology with immersive 3D experiences. The tools to build media have … [Read more…]

Data Visualization and Journalism

Data Visualization and Journalism

I had the opportunity to teach a graduate class on Data Visualization at Emerson. I used The Data journalism Handbook (it’s free!) as a jumping off point to engage students  in approaching information as connection, flow and encapsulation. We looked at historical uses of data visualization, from the first use of the pie chart in a … [Read more…]

Film Music & Sound

Film Music & Sound

Peter Lorre in character for ‘M,’ arguably the first film where sound played an active role in the narrative of the cinematic story. The history of sound on film is important to our understanding of how sound and moving image can relate to one another in our modern context. Recorded or mechanical media can offer … [Read more…]

History of Synaesthetic Media: Motion in Space

History of Synaesthetic Media: Motion in Space

The use of space and motion could be used to combine image and sound in a synaesthetic way. Movement in natural space creates changes in sound and image in harmony. Dance, theatre, film, video, video games and the tools that enable their creation are examples of effective use of sound and image in motion. Left: … [Read more…]

History of Synaesthetic Media: Music and Color

History of Synaesthetic Media: Music and Color

Left: Bainbridge Bishop’s color organ. Middle: Alexander Rimington next to his color organ. Right: Paul Klee’s polyphony. Associating music with image has roots in color-music theory, pro- posed in different forms by many different people over several cen- turies. Pythagorus suggested that planets and stars were in cosmic harmony. Plato theorized that heavenly bodies had color and … [Read more…]

Synaesthesia & the Senses: Schools of Thought

Synaesthesia & the Senses: Schools of Thought

We have looked at how animal and human senses influence perception. How we have developed those senses into forms of expression gives us clues about how to put them back together. We could examine any two senses, but hearing and vision are the two most talked about in the arts that it seems right to … [Read more…]

Synaesthesia & the Senses: Animal Sense

Synaesthesia & the Senses: Animal Sense

We tend to take our senses for granted. Our animalian relatives rely on their senses for survival. Our human, mammalian body is just one model of many. Our hearing is good, but your next-door neighbor’s Labrador Retriever can hear sounds over two miles away and track the blood of wounded prey one-quarter mile away. He … [Read more…]