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Data Cuisine uses food as the medium

Ditch the computer screen for your data. It's all about the food. Moritz Stefaner and prozessagenten, process by art and design ran a second round…

Bass Shapes visualizes sound in hand-drawn style

Media artist Nick Hardeman's audio visualization app Bass Shapes was rejected by the Mac App Store because "it's not useful." So Hardeman released the software…

Crystal clusters of world data

Artist Scott Kildall generates what he calls World Data Crystals by mapping data on a globe with cubes and clustering them algorithmically. He then produces…

Interactive visualization used as music video

George & Jonathan used an interactive audio visualization for their recent album George & Jonathan III. This is a fun one. You can rotate the…

Audio visualizer made with matrix of fire

The Pyro Board is a matrix of 2,500 flames that have controllable intensity, which can be used as an audio visualizer. Yeah, really. Just watch…

Human heartbeat

Jen Lowe tracks her heart rate with a Basis watch, and she's showing the last 24 hours of that data in One Human Heartbeat. Basis…

Before and after lot vacancy

Justin Blinder used New York's city planning dataset and Google Streetview for a before and after view of vacant lots. Vacated mines and combines different…

An exploration of selfies

Selfiecity, from Lev Manovich, Moritz Stefaner, and a small group of analysts and researchers, is a detailed visual exploration of 3,200 selfies from five major…

What a computer sees while watching movies

Benjamin Grosser visualized how computers "watch" movies through vision algorithms and artificial intelligence in Computers Watching Movies. Computers Watching Movies was computationally produced using…

Bird flight paths

Dennis Hlynsky, an artist and a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, recorded videos of flying birds and in post-processing shows previous flight…

Highway traffic reorganized by color

In the video above, filmmaker Cy Kuckenbaker reorganized midday traffic by color. No computer-generated elements required. In this new video I took a four…

Your life in jellybeans

Using the effective jellybean method, Ze Frank describes the finite time we have. Each bean represents a day in the life of an average person.…

Roomba traces

We've seen what happens when you turn on a Roomba and track its vacuum path with long-exposure photography. The LED on top provides a point…

Beauty of mathematics

Betrand Russell: "Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting…

Impressive exploration of projection mapping

Projection mapping is the art of using physical objects as display surfaces and turning them into something else visually. This video of Box is…

Treemap art

Ben Shneiderman invented the treemap in the 1990s to visualize the hierarchical contents of his hard drive. In the Treemap Art Project, Sheiderman approaches the…

Beach Boys vocals visualized

Alexander Chen visualized "You Still Believe in Me" by the Beach Boys. This is a visualization of Beach Boys vocals inspired by the physics…

Listening to Zen-like Wikipedia edits

It's easy to think of online activity as a whirlwind of chatter and battles for loudest voice, because, well, a lot of it is that.…

A study of quantified emotion

Mike Pelletier experimented with quantified emotion in his piece Parametric Expression. This is what you get when you break facial expressions and mannerisms into bits:…

Physics of love

Louise Ma, along with Chris Parker and Lola Kalman, started a six-part short video series on what love looks like. Above is the first…

GPS shoes show you the way home

Inspired by The Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy clicks her heels to get home, artist Dominic Wilcox created "No Place Like Home," a pair of…

Movie sounds

Moviesound is a goofy yet charming look at sounds in movies. Imagine sound waves visualized and then replace some of the spikes with illustrations that…