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.

x-by-y-480-map

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

ars-exhibition_480

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