September 2nd, 2009

X by Y

Here’s a new project of mine: x-by-y-480

X by Y visualizes all submissions to the prix ars electronica, from the early beginnings in 1987 up to 2009. The goal is to characterize the “ars world” in quantitative terms. A series of diagrams groups and juxtaposes the submissions by years, categories, prizes and countries. The graphics are composed of little dots (each representing a single submission) to provide a visual scale for the statistical statements and thematize the relation of the totality and the individual.

Their placement is computed with a Fibonacci series, imitating the arrangement of sunflower seeds – a very efficient and visually mesmerizing way of packing small elements into a large circle. Color distinguishes the submission categories, and a diamond shape marks submission that have been awarded a prize. The numbers in the center of the diagram elements are constructed by skipping points in the pattern – establishing a tight connection between the number and the individuals, but also demonstrating the duality of the two concepts.


The project is currently at display at the history lounge of ars electronica 09.


The project was done in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Find all diagrams and some more info here: X by Y. Also, don’t miss the other works on the poster over at

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  1. Daniel McLaren
    September 2nd, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Congrats on the awesome new project, Moritz! I have to say I really like the sunflower packing. I’ve used it my projects, too, but the effect that you got by playing with the colors in the first image, “37432,” is brilliant.

    Great work!

  2. Moritz Stefaner
    September 3rd, 2009 at 10:17 pm


  3. River
    January 7th, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Great arclite, thank you again for writing.

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    June 4th, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Vaikka netti onkin pullollaan (ilmaisia) ruokaohjeita, nautin kyllä edelleen suuresti myös keittokirjojen selailusta. Hyvät kuvat ovat tärkeitä, että kirjasta saisi myös visuaalista nautintoa ja sen myötä lisää kokkailumotivaatiota. Nykyisessä pikkulapsiperheen elämäntilanteessa päädyn usein suosimaan kirjoja, jotka mainostavat nopeita, arkeen sopivia reseptejä. En voi käyttää ruoanlaitossa kananmunaa, kalaa, possua tai alkoholia, joten lopullisen ostopäätöksen sinetöi se, onko kirjassa myös tarpeeksi ohjeita ilman näitä ainesosia…

  5. car insurance
    June 4th, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Quand ces GenY vont arriver à des ages ou ils représenteront le coeur de cible des medias/entreprises (car a fort pouvoir d’achat), c’est à dire 30-50 ans à peu près, et qu’ils seront en age d’être à des postes élevés (directeur quelque chose ou directeur tout court), je crois que les choses (usages internet, mobile rapport à l’information, à l’entreprise …) vont encore plus s’accélérer et se généraliser

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