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Introducing ImagePlot Software: explore patterns in large image collections

Image: 883 Manga series from the scanlation site
Total number of pages: 1,074,790

Lev Manovich and Jeremy Douglass, 2010.


ImagePlot is a free software tool that visualizes collections of images and video of any size. (The largest set we tried so was: 1,074,790 one megabyte images).


ImagePlot works on Mac, Windows, and Lunix.
Max visualization resolution: 2.5 GB (2,684,354,560 grayscale pixels, or 671,088,640 RGB pixels).

ImagePlot was developed by the Software Studies Initiative ( with support from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH), the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), and the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA).

Along with the program, we also distribute a number of articles by Lev Manovich, Jeremy Douglass and Tara Zepel that address methodologies for exploring large visual cultural data sets, and discuss our digital humanities projects which use ImagePlot. (The articles can be also downloaded directly from

Visualizations created with ImagePlot have been shown in science centers, art and design museums, and art galleries, including Graphic Design Museum (Breda, Netherlands), Gwangju Design Biennale (Korea), and The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.

ImagePlot software was developed as part of our Cultural Analytics research program.

Learn more about Imageplot at Software Studies.

Turbulence Artists’ Studios: “Insurance.AES256” by Michael Takeo Magruder

Turbulence Artists’ Studios: “Insurance.AES256” by Michael Takeo Magruder

On July 28, 2010, WikiLeaks posted a link to an encrypted 1.4GB file entitled insurance.aes256 on its Afghan War Diary website. The file’s appearance generated considerable speculation and debate as no official explanation was given about its contents or purpose. Countless individuals have downloaded it and redistributed on hard drives and servers spanning the world’s vast unregulated file-sharing networks, virally embedding it into the fabric of the Internet and rendering it forever obtainable and impossible to eradicate. What knowledge (or secrets) will be uncovered within its cryptic digital form?

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Turbulence Commission: “Les Belles Infidèles” by Ethan Ham

Turbulence Commission: “Les Belles Infidèles” by Ethan Ham

“Les Belles Infidèles” consists of a short story — written specifically for this project by Benjamin Rosenbaum — that has been translated and retranslated by more than 40 translators into 15 languages.

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Generative Art by Marius Watz, Paul Prudence and Aaron Meyers

Opening 6pm on Friday, October 22nd. On view until Sunday November 21st 2010.
Marius Watz will be teaching a special workshop on Processing at
Devotion Mon Oct 18th – Tues Oct 26th.
More details >

This exhibition showcases three artists working with generative code to create abstract and reactive works. Marius Watz and Paul Prudence have been contributing to the dialogue for computational art since 2005 with seminal essays, some of the foremost blogs and ground-breaking software.

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New Chapter, “Remix and the Rouelles of Media Production”

Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art) invites you to Read | Write:“Remix and the Rouelles of Media Production”by Mette Birk, Mark Cantwell, Owen Gallagher, Eli Horwatt, Martin Leduc, Eduardo Navas, Tara Zepel

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FUSO: 2nd International Video Art event in Lisbon

This initiative, produced by Duplacena and The Berardo Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, will be held between July 28th and July 31st, 2010.

Eight programs of video and digital art will be screened, mainly in open air, in the BES Arte & Finança Centre, the garden of Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, the garden of The Goethe Institute and the terrace of The Berardo Musem in Belém.

Sergio Edelstein (Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv), Thierry Destriez (Heure Exquise! France) and Elsa Aleluia (independent curator) have been invited as guest curators.  Special screenings include a retrospective of Marcel Odenbach (Germany) in presence of the artist.

More information of all events and works at

New Project: Jardín solar/Solar Garden

Jardín solar is a series of sculptures that explore the field of sound interaction, using renewable energy as supply source. The intention is to integrate open source hardware and software, and solar cells as energy source, proposing a series of prototypes that generate audio and relational interfaces.

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FutureEverything 2010 Art Programme

From a Roman feast in a luxury hotel lobby to light sculptures toying with architectural form, urban interventions by leading figures in visual culture, and inspirational approaches to visualising data, the FutureEverything 2010 art programme continues FutureEverything’s pioneering approach to contemporary art and the digital world.

Manchester England
12-15 May, exhibitions till 23 May

Our main exhibition space, at The Hive, features architecture-inspired art, a curated selection of city-drifting mobile apps, jaw-dropping data visualisations and a selection of FutureEverything 2010 Award nominees.
The Hive

Curatorial collective Contents May Vary instigate dialogues on the boundaries between visual art and media art. In collaboration with
Castlefield Gallery.
Copperface Jacks

The contemporary art collective will work in secret and at a monumental scale, transforming an urban location in Manchester with spray cans, paint and perception-altering art, visible only over a video link, culminating in a public opening on the last day of the festival.

A multiple screen experience, transposing Roman myths to the setting of a modern-day luxury hotel.
Palace Hotel Foyer

Objects donated to Oxfam, tagged with RFID and QR tags, once triggered, replay the stories of their previous owners, evoking ghosts of the past.
Oxfam, Oxford Road

Cornerhouse and FutureEverything are pleased to present artist-in-residence Hafsah Naib, within the exhibition Contemporary Art Iraq.

Bringing artists, gallerists and curators to the table, this series of short presentations and related open discussions explore the relationships and boundaries between media art and visual art. Chaired by Charlie Gere, with speakers including Karen Guthrie, Adam Sutherland, Francis McKee and Kypros Kyprianou.
Castlefield Gallery

FutureEverything opens on Wednesday 12 May, with an evening of public opening events. Join us at the Art Launch at the Serendipity City exhibition followed by the Music Launch at the Kro2 music hub. The Cu Launch takes place on Thursday 13 May.

To elegantly wrap up an awesome festival we’ll be raising a drink and discussing the art programme at a chic finissage event. Following a series of artist residencies, we’ll be presenting the results of the Fab Lab Art Challenge.
Post Room, Palace Hotel

Explore the full line up of exhibitions, projects and events at

Exhibition: Works Progress: A Recession Art Show

April 24-May 2, 2010

Just as the Great Depression promoted visual arts through the Works Progress Administration, artists today need support to keep creating through this modern recession. Works Progress: A Recession Art Show will exhibit 12 artists who are working with little money, but great talent. Works Progress will have an opening reception Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 6 pm to Midnight, and run through May 2 at the Invisible Dog Gallery in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

The 12 Works Progress artists are Megan Berk, Amanda Boulton, Zach Chupa, Julie Floersch, Emily Fran?ois, Katerie Gladdys, Angela Jann, Jonathan Kambouris, Ian Trask, Cubby West, Alison Wilder, and Shawn Yu. Each piece has a $500 price limit and includes everything from paintings to installation sculpture to interactive art. Emily Fran?ois will show dollar store commemorative plates and Amanda Boulton will explore how we relate to wealth with money-themed shrines. Repurposing material waste, Ian Trask builds trash art sculptures and Cubby West paints on salvaged car parts. Organic life in urban worlds flourishes through Katerie Gladdys? edible weeds documented in urban Florida and Jonathon Kambouris? portraits of vegetable and fruit decay. Angela Jann will work with a realtor at the opening reception to sell homes being sold in Detroit for under $500, as well as paintings of those homes, to see whether the art or housing market is suffering more.

Works Progress is the third exhibit presented by Recession Art, an organization devoted to helping emerging artists show and sell their work while giving art lovers and collectors opportunities to buy original work at reasonable prices. Recession Art is an art stimulus plan that aims to break open the traditional gallery model and make showing, buying, and enjoying art more accessible for people who have been hit by the recession. Recession Art is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit organization that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations.

The Invisible Dog Gallery is located on the third floor of 51 Bergen Street between Smith and Court Streets accessible through the Bergen F/ G stops. Gallery hours will be noon to 8 pm Sunday through Thursday, and noon to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

To learn more about Recession Art and Works Progress, visit or email us at More Works Progress events will be announced on our website.

Turbulence Commission: “Facetbook” by Liz Filardi

April 20, 2010
Turbulence Commission:
“I’m Not Stalking You; I’m Socializing: Facetbook” by Liz Filardi

“Anxious about the lack of ownership and access to my personal history, I explore how the structure of Facebook provides a literal construct of identity, framing the tension between the opacity of image and the multiplicity of being. For several weeks, I clear my Facebook profile of public information only to spontaneously repopulate the fields and clear them again, each time leaving a single link in my “About Me” section. Facebook users who select the link will open a flattened “archive” version of the previously visible profile.”

Also see:
Part 1: “Status Grabber”:

Part 2: “Black & White”:


Liz Filardi received an MFA in Design and Technology from The New School, where she also worked as teaching assistant to Ken Wark and Orit Halpern. In 2008, she was nominated for the William Randolph Hearst Scholarship for “Truth Recruit,” a performance in which she visited a Bronx high school dressed as a military recruiter. Her performance video, “Viral Conversations” is currently on display with Iraqi Memorial at Sheppard Gallery in Reno, Nevada. Based in New York, Liz is a production manager and web designer at Kickstand Animation, Research and Design and has interned at Rhizome, Eyebeam and Rocketboom.

Jo-Anne Green
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