We used to think the brain was like a computer. But now we realize that’s not true — there’s no programming of the brain, there’s no windows. And we think the brain is more like a large corporation. … In a corporation, you have subdivisions that operate independently of the main office. And that’s why we have an unconscious mind, because you have to have, for example, emotional reactions to things very quickly.




by Hansje van Halem

For assignments as well as personal research, Hansje draws letters and patterns. This book is a compilation of self generated, commissioned, applied, rejected and unfinished sketches, type drawings, experiments, patterns and failures made between 2003 and 2013.

448 pages
hard cover, linen bound
printrun 200
Published by Uitgeverij de Buitenkant
Available for €95 via www.shophansje.net

Photos: ECAL/Leonoor Noortje Knulst

When we use computers to simulate some process in the real world—the behavior of a weather system, the processing of information in the brain, the deformation of a car in a crash—our concern is to correctly model the necessary features of this process or system. We want to be able to test how our model would behave in different conditions with different data, and the last thing we want to do is for computers to introduce some new properties into the model that we ourselves did not specify. In short, when we use computers as a general-purpose medium for simulation, we want this medium to be completely “transparent.”
Manovich, Lev. Software Takes Command: Extending the Language of New Media. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013. (via carvalhais)
The digital world offers us many advantages, but if we yield to that world too completely we may lose the privacy we need to develop a self. Activities that require time and careful attention, like serious reading, are at risk; we read less and skim more as the Internet occupies more of our lives. And there’s a link between selfhood and reading slowly, rather than scanning for quick information, as the Web encourages us to do. Recent work in sociology and psychology suggests that reading books, a private experience, is an important aspect of coming to know who we are.

Cellular Forms uses a simplified model of cellular growth to create intricate sculptural shape. Structures are created out of interconnected cells, with rules for the forces between cells, as well as rules for how cells accumulate internal nutrients. When the nutrient level in a cell exceeds a given threshold the cell splits into two, with both the parent and daughter cells reconnecting to their immediate neighbours. Many different complex organic structures are seen to arise from subtle variations on these rules, creating forms with strong reminiscences of plants, corals, internal organs and micro-organisms.

The aim is to create structures emergently: exploring generic similarities between many different forms in nature rather than recreating any particular organism, in the process exploring universal archetypal forms that can come from growth processes rather than top-down externally engineered design.

For more information: andylomas.com


The female pixel


Pixel Pushing Experiments of Christian Zander

been experimenting with image manipulation through programming in processing … reinterpreting pixel information from color ranges and sorting pixels by color.

Found at his blog ‘House and Bikehere and here