vrijdag 30 januari 2015

Greg Borenstein; Homunculus

from; ideas for dozens

"Homunculus is a video self-portrait that explores facial expressions and physical performance. In it, I use the position of my body to puppet a 3D model of my own head. Each limb is mapped to a particular part of the face that plays a role in determining the emotional expressiveness of a facial expression: my hands control my brows, my knees control the corners of my mouth, etc."

Homunculus from Greg Borenstein on Vimeo.


from: philip mccarthy’s weblog
"Pareidoloop is a toy that makes images that approximate human faces. It starts by generating random polygons, feeding them into a computer vision face detection algorithm, and then continuing to add more polygons to increase the face detector’s “confidence” score."


woensdag 28 januari 2015

line and polysemy


Polysemy (/pəˈlɪsɨmi/ or /ˈpɒlɨsmi/;[1][2] from Greek: πολυ-, poly-, "many" and σῆμα, sêma, "sign") is the capacity for a sign (e.g., a word, phrase, etc.) or signs to have multiple related meanings (sememes), i.e., a large semantic field


"The following list provides brief descriptions of the 25 senses of line in WordNet:

1. wrinkle, furrow, crease, crinkle, seam, line: "His face has many wrinkles"
2. line: a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness
3. line, dividing line: "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"
4. agate line, line: space for one line of print used to measure advertising
5. credit line, line of credit, line: the maximum credit that a customer is allowed
6. line: in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
7. line: a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
8. course, line: a connected series of events or actions or developments
9. line: a formation of people or things one after (or beside) another
10. lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree
I 1. tune, melody, air, strain, melodic fine, line, melodic phrase: a succession of notes
12. line: a linear string of words expressing some idea
13. line: a mark that is long relative to its width; "He drew a line on the chart"
14. note, short letter, line: "drop me a line when you get there"
15. argumentation, logical argument, line of thought, line of reasoning, line
16. telephone line, phone line, line: a telephone connection
17. production line, assembly line, line: a factory system
18. pipeline, line: a long pipe used to transport liquids or gases
19. line: a commercial organization serving as a common carrier
20. line, railway line, rail line: railroad track and roadbed
21. line: something long and thin and flexible
22. cable, line, transmission line: electrical conductor connecting telephones or television
23. line, product line, line of products, line of merchandise, business line, line of business
24. line: acting in conformity; "in line with" or "he got out of line" or "toe the line"
25. occupation, business, line of work, line: the principal activity in your life"

Disambiguating Noun Groupings with Respect to WordNet Senses
Philip Resnik 

donderdag 4 december 2014

Grawlixes in Metropolis

When the mediator between the hands (factory workers) and the mental faculty in Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927) discovers that his Romantic ideal, a 'pure' girl, that represents the feelings and emotions, has been replaced by a machine by the head of the mental faculty (his father) and a mad scientist, a variety of Grawlixes appear in the shape of stars, spiraling motions, lightblobs and a skull.

maandag 24 november 2014

'dialogue on the new plastic'

A(A singer):But I still don't understand why you favor the straight line and have come entirely to exclude the curved.
B(A painter): The search for the expression of vastness led to the search for the greatest tension:
the straight line; because all curvature resolves into the straight, no place remains for the curved.

Piet Mondriaan  (1872-1944)Dialogue on the new plastic
Harrison, Charles and Paul Wood, eds, Art in Theory, 1900-200: An Anthology of Changing Ideas. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2003.