Time Spent Alone

time spent alone main page

I just started a new online project at timespentalone.com. The site’s name plays on the peculiar brand of connected separateness that characterizes our era and the fact that I currently live alone. On it, I will be presenting a series of projects that deal in varying levels of joking and seriousness.

Currently, there are two completed projects on time spent alone. Things left behind is a series of photographs and words that capture an early morning experience of solitude on the beach. Each photograph is connected to a phrase in the story, allowing a non-linear experience of the text. Unraveling is a musing on what it would mean if everything we understood where slowly shifting and falling apart. The interactive portion of unravel was built using processing.

While working on the site, I noticed everything looked way better in Safari (and Plainview) than it did in Firefox. I did a bit of googling for browser color profile support, and came up with an oldish CNET article about how Safari added ICC profile support. This is awesome. Unfortunately, lots of people out there don’t use Safari as their main browser. If you’re a Firefox fan, you can get color profile support by installing the Color Management Add-on. If you’re on IE, please switch to Firefox, or accept that the web you’re seeing just isn’t as beautiful as it could be. If you use Chrome, send lots of email to Google telling them to add color profile support to their browser. Wouldn’t it be nice if graphics on the web were finally treated as first-class citizens in all browsers?

things left behind

LACDA Juried Show

ikebana altered photograph

‘Ikebana’, one of my restructured photographs, was accepted into a juried show at the Los Angeles Digital Art Center. It’s a 32″x 12″ semi-floral image that abstracts a photograph I took of a restaurant district in Osaka. I’m looking forward to seeing the work on paper, as I haven’t yet been able to find an affordable printer in NYC.

If you live in/around LA, stop by the gallery between April 10 and May 3 to see my work and that of a whopping 39 others. I’m going to see if I can make it to the opening on April 10, since I’ll be in San Francisco that week/end.

The images were created with Processing.
More information on the LACDA website.

Conway’s Game of Life

alternative rendering of conway's game of life

I started messing around with Conway’s game of life this morning when no projects were assigned to me (I got plenty just before lunch, though). I was pretty bored with the tried-and-true 2-d grid rendering, so I tried the tried-and-true process of exploding the individual cells out into space based on pixel brightness (colors are currently selected randomly from a photo). I’ll probably continue to explore this in the near future to see what I can massage out of it.

More images on Flickr.
Created with Processing.