Designed by Alex Dragulescu:
The images from the Spam Architecture series are generated by a computer program that accepts as input, junk email. Various patterns, keywords and rhythms found in the text are translated into three-dimensional modeling gestures.
Malwarez is a series of visualization of worms, viruses, trojans and spyware code. For each piece of disassembled code, API calls, memory addresses and subroutines are tracked and analyzed. Their frequency, density and grouping are mapped to the inputs of an algorithm that grows a virtual 3D entity. Therefore the patterns and rhythms found in the data drive the configuration of the artificial organism.
Blogbot is a software agent in development that generates experimental graphic novels based on text harvested from web blogs.
Blogbot crawls the web and takes snapshots of web blogs related to a user-specified theme. Then, based on the harvested text, a dynamic collage of images and strings is generated using a keyword-matching algorithm. Later versions will use computational linguistics approaches to derive meaning from text.
Daoi is a short experimental video, loosely based on an ancient Romanian folk tale.
Conceived during the US invasion in Iraq, Daoi follows the death and transformations of a soldier in a hallucinatory narrative. Shot almost exclusively with a webcam connected to a laptop, Alex Dragulescu and Mark Oliver are exploring lo-fi aesthetics and the ways personal and collective memories reinterpret and mutate history and myth.
Brecht is a VJ tool written in Java and OpenGL that uses SQL (Structured Query Language) queries and Java instructions to trigger and mutate live visuals — text and images stored in a MySQL database.
An unique feature of Brecht is the command shell which is superimposed over the visuals generated live from junk data. Queries and code typed in real-time, logs of server transactions and syntax errors transcend their textual form and become narrative gestures. The process of navigating the database becomes transparent, contrasting the way databases exist today: an ubiquitous, yet hidden cultural form.
- spotted in the latest edition of Wired, which is not online yet.