The Bridge Project
A video of the presentation I made at Siggraph, Boston in 2006. The actual presentation was a boring old powerpoint, in this version the slide transitions have been jazzed up quite a bit with ProShow, may even have gone overboard a bit... ;-) There is quite a bit of reading material on these slides, however due to the reduced upload size these will probably not be too easy to read. So, to read about the Bridge go here:
The Bridge has also been selected to become one of the projects featured on the visual complexity portal: visualcomplexity.com/vc/project.cfm?id=608
Oh and - the sound is mine btw. Made out of samples which I stretched out of all recognition with SoundForge and then cobbled together on AcidPro.
Video Screen Captures
The aim of this project is to visually demonstrate my personal understanding of the evolution of the computer generated "image work," by means of a free associative process that utilizes the search and query mechanisms of the internet. I have tried to create a structure that displays this process by showing the data gathered in detail as well as in its entirety: Zooming in and out of objects and virtual navigation following free associations that can be evoked through online thesauruses, internet search engines and the ensuing surf mechanisms that can be utilized in the act of image creation, very much like collage/assemblage. Thus, seeking chance encounters and found objects, I turn not to second hand shops, bookstores and discarded magazines and catalogs, but to the internet. My process is inverted to that of collage in that it is the associations themselves
that reveal the found object and not the object that reveals the associations.
I am interested to find out what a structure composed of these interrelated ideas and images will look like, whether it will convey the overall content and aim of the project when looked at from a distance, and the specifics when looked at in proximity. I am differentiating between data visualization that carries as its primary goal the quick and accurate location of a specific data within an overall structure without the user getting lost and my aims: I want the viewer to get lost, to wander from association to association, to spend time, to zoom in and out and view entire
chains of associations as well as read the details.
Screenshots showing VRML Environment
Panorama Assembled from Screenshots of VRML Environment