The Line Drawing Project

Participatory Computer Generated Portraits Project

Line Portrait Project is a series of computer-code generated portraits that detect the brightness and darkness of images and traces the outlines. A total of 367 people participated in the project and about 1000 portraits were generated over a period of 6 months. The participants were able to watch their portrait being generated in one single line and as a gesture of ‘thank you for your participation’, the program allowed them to download it once the line portrait version of their portrait was completed.

The most interesting part of the project to me was what came after the participants downloaded their portraits. Some of the participants sent me some follow-up images of what they have done with their line portraits.  They re-contextualized the portraits into various media such as posters, bookmarks, business cards, photographs, social media profiles, etc. The project has become a tool of user-driven design and art for the public to generate and distribute.

New Texture New Media 2019 by CICA Press, Seoul, South Korea 

Filed under  Interactive, Experimental, Co-Design, Creative Coding, Prints

Stories Become Data 

How Stories and Visual Narrative can be Collected as Data through Co-Creation Processes

Stories Become Data is an interactive digital environment that invites participants to share their own stories to a collective narrative through writing, drawing, and animating. The environment allows individuals to share their narratives, giving participants an opportunity to see a fuller perspective of how we are related to each other. Designed for creative expression and civic imagination, SBD integrates the process of conception, design, and construction, with an element of play, experimentation, and collaboration. This project seeks to introduce new perspectives to the genres of digital story telling and narrative-based data visualization. Consequently, it promotes the value of exploration, serendipity, and collaboration in any creative research process.

Digital Enviornment

Collaborative Drawings

Collective Stories 

Invited Participatory Community Events 2019 — 2020
02. 28. 2019: Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
03. 11. 2019: San Marcos Public Library, San Marcos, Texas
07. 10. 2019: Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU),  Beijing, China
11. 07. 2019: Austin Design Week, Austin, Texas
01.10–11. 2020: Art Teleported organized by CICA Museum, Brooklyn, New York
02. 14. 2020: CAA (College Art Association) ARTexchange, Chicago, Illinois

Filed under Interactive, Co-Design, Experimental, Data Visualization

Memorable Life Events

Collective Stories of Our Memorable Life Events with Keywords

This project is an experimental site that collects stories based on ten life events such as birth, love, triumph, childhood, solitude, learning, defeat, breakup, harm, and death. Participants are also able to add a new category by clicking Other. If there is a new category that is submitted more than 5 times, the system recognizes the category as an important life event and creates it as a new category with a newly assigned color. A new color is determined by Color Symbolism based on how positive, mutual, and negative a new category is.

Filed under Interactive, Co-Design, Experimental, Data Visualization


Computer Generated Portraiture

This kinetic animated artwork entitled Code/Decode is an example of how technology is changing how we create, engage, and perceive art, specifically portraiture. In this artwork, the meaning of Code/Decode is that we ‘code’ a systematic collection of program instructions to Decode something about ourselves. It is to create a software to deconstruct photographic portraits and allow for the computer to reconstruct the portraits. The artwork  uses color detection as a parameter to spawn particles which in turn push away other previously placed particles.

The relationship between the visual ambiguity experienced by the onlooker with the flux in identity of the portrayed individuals creates the works intrigue. It just looks like a color vision test or a group of a harmonious color palettes. Onlookers might tilt their head to figure out what they are looking at and walk away from the work without knowing what the images really are — until the afterimage or peripheral vision takes hold. You stare at the images only to realize they are staring you back.

Filed under  Experimental, Creative Coding, Prints

Digital Portfolio

Poster Promotional Poster for a brand new course; Digital Portfolio 

The poster merges computer programming with a concept of a Voronoi Diagram. In mathematics, a Voronoi diagram is a partition of a plane into regions close to each of a given set of objects. In the simplest case, these objects are just finitely many points in the plane (called seeds, sites, or generators). For each seed, there is a corresponding region consisting of all points of the plane closer to that seed than to any other. These regions are called Voronoi cells. The program code was built to generate different compositions each time it runs. Instead of a single point (seed) within partitions, each region creates a corresponding region within their Voronoi cells.

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