A picture tells a thousand words, and with our time and attention spans being ever stretched the latest craze is infographics. Sure, data may be the oil of the 21st century, but we are often too seduced when the numbers are dressed up as pretty patterns. And when people start calling data visualisations art, it brings out the Kant in me.
But what if you turned Art into data? Can Art be rationalised in that way? Does it loose it’s aesthetic quality in it’s transformation by technology? Or does it just expose our obsession with facts and figures?
Mario Klingemann – or @Quasimondo as he is known online – calls himself a ‘computational artisan’. He analyses the distribution of colours in an artwork and re-codes the work – a technique first used by John Balestrieri or @tinrocket. While they do show the range of colour tones used in the composition – highlighting why Vermeer was the king of shadows – the aesthetic quality is lost in the recreation.
But if you like your images all circular, you can pie yourself up with the new iPhone app – check out some of the percolator recreations on flickr. I would do it to myself but I think it’s much more hip to be square 😉
First spotted in the Oct 2010 Wired.