BLEED & BLEND is an ambient artwork that was commissioned by Digital Media in Newcastle University's Culture Lab, as part of their data visualisation screening project: Data Elements. The aim of the project was to take an unconventional approach to interpreting and displaying scientific data through visual artworks. The work was projected onto Newcastle University's Kings Gate building in Newcastle city centre in October 2012. A useful and succinct description of Ambient Art is found in Beale, (2007) who described it as ‘the aesthetic presentation of information, using artistic techniques to achieve a pleasing image that also contains hidden depths, where exposure to it over time allows a viewer to understand something about the information sources that it represents’. The title Bleed and Blend relates to the conscious bleeding and blending of data streams for either aesthetic or scientific purposes to produce new data and visual information. BLEED & BLEND streamed environmental data sets to create simple, but beautiful flows of information. The data is fed in at the top and flows down the screen over time. As it flows down the colours begin to merge and fade. The number of streams, the variation in colour and the speed of change and movement being dependent on the data supplied. The data streams were also combined to highlight possible inter-relationships between disparate data sets. Other patterns may have also become visible to the viewer from the streams, such as spatial correlations and temporal patterns. The data sets were collected from across Newcastle with environmental sensors for factors such as air quality and noise pollution, and fed into the computer program, developed by Paul Goodfellow using TouchDesigner, the visual development platform.
|Accepted/In press - 23 Nov 2012
|BLEED & BLEND - Newcastle
Duration: 23 Nov 2012 → …