{ Matrix } by: Michael Takeo Magruder - 01.2004
 
A series of virtual sculptures constructed from and still embodying minute samples of encoded data.
 
Context:
 
{ Matrix } is a series of six data-sculptures that have been constructed exclusively from single news articles parsed from the BBC International web-site on 08/01/2004. From each article, one thousand bits of text, image and audio information were sampled and utilised as the sole material to generate a virtual form.
 
For the creation of each sculpture, the text string has been converted to a binary sequence and related to a 10x10x10 matrix of cubes in which all 0s remain cubes and 1s become null space. This lattice forms the basic skeletal structure for the sculpture on which the image sample is applied to as a semi-transparent repeating surface texture. The audio sequence has been converted into a looping stereo stream spatially linked to the cubic matrix, thus creating a dynamic soundscape that evolves according to the user's passage through and deviation from the centre point of the composition.
 
Although the sculptural forms are abstract in an informational sense to human perception, the artwork exhibits a perfect archival state, for the data from which they are comprised can be extracted in totality though reverse engineering of the aesthetic framework. This inherent characteristic of losslessness elevates the work into a dual-format existence as each individual form is both an aesthetic entity and an information receptacle.
 
Requirements:
 
* note * The Cortona3D Viewer is not available for OS X. On these systems FreeWRL can be used to render most aspects of the work.
 
[ online ] Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 computer system with Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome, the Cortona3D Viewer 6 plugin, and 5.1 or stereo audio. A high-specification CPU/GPU, colour display with ≥1024x768 resolution and 512+ kb/s Internet connection are recommended.
 
[ gallery ] High-specification Windows XP/Vista/7 computer system capable of real-time high definition 3D rendering. Multi or single channel high definition video system. 5.1 or 2.1 audio system. HCI device for user navigation.
 
Documentation Images:
 
                   
 
Without Whom:
 
Drew Baker ( consultation ) . Hugh Denard ( discourse )
 
Supported by:
 
King's Visualisation Lab, Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London.
 
* note * This version of the artwork has been updated for compatibility issues. The original work can be viewed here.
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