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(Un)Wiring for the Evolution of Stars – Melvin L Prueitt’s PICTURE System (and its Rendering Errors)

Two double spreads from Melvin L Prueitt’s Computer Graphics (1975) standout among the perfect parabolic topologies and wireframe nuclear spectra – a selection of graphical rendering errors, possibility some of the earliest examples of glitch art to appear in print. Looking like disjointed plots of a (dis)locative media project gone awry or poorly planned...

Selected Tweets #27: Cyclographic Transformations, Crystal Morphologies & The Paths of Mars’ Moons

Cyclographic Transformation of Ordinary Space – The University of Colorado Studies [1902-03]. Selected tweets from Twitter:@MrPrudence combined with a few short posts taken from the Dataisnature Facebook page. Cyclographic Transformation of Ordinary Space – The University of Colorado Studies. [1902-03] Plates from The Polarisation of Light – William...

Knitting Spies & Crochet Ciphers

The note added to the previous post referencing KGB spies using crochet to encrypt secret cold war messages was added for personal amusement being unaware that knitting and crochet have actually been used to encrypt secret messages. Atlas Obscura explores the story of Phyllis Latour Doyle, a secret agent during World War II who encrypted […]

The Dark Web of Crystallographic Crochet

Nearly every source of attribution for old crochet patterns found on the web remains a mystery. There exists a dark web of pattern swapping enthusiasts fostering a contagion spread that conceals its origin. But one source identified is the old Russian language Duplet Magazine – worth singling out for its graphic ordering of patterns in […]

Selected Tweets #26 – Gridcollages, Chalcopyrite & The Music of Trains

Cultivating the Map – Danny Wills Selected tweets from @MrPrudence Torvaianica – Josef Dabernig [1984] Translating the Torvaianica in Lazio via a² + b² = c² to create data notations. Glossolalie 61 and other graphic Scores – Dieter Schnebel. Fascialis 20% @wblut is re/deconstructing 3D anatomy. Rento Van Drunen’s Gridcollages – abstract renditions of...

Hiromi Fujii – Programming the Cube

Todoroki House – Hiromi Fujii [1975] In the 1970’s Japanese architect Hiromi Fujii neutralised his architectural projects from time, tradition and convention by using the most archetypal of all conceptual objects, the cube. Programming this minimal element through further syntactic transformations into more complex nested structures allowed his drawings...

Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius’s Historia naturalis palmarum

Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius’s Historia naturalis palmarum – in which all known genera of the palm family are illustrated and their biogeographies described – is considered a landmark botanical survey. Taking over 27 years to complete, the three-volume work contains 240 chromolithographic illustrations which survey 2,250 km of the Brazilian Amazon...

Mead & Conway’s ‘Introduction to VLSI Systems’ – The Ornamental Heraldry & Logic Gates and Shift Registers

The gridded geometry of VSLI diagramming celebrates the cargo cult of optimum electron flow as ornamental tribal heraldry. Part modernist weaving pattern (Gunter Stolz, Annie Albers), part tribal ornamentation – its geometric constraint aesthetic is squeezed into place by the forces of functional logic and space-filling optimisation. Introduction to...

John Whitney’s Digital Harmony – On the Complementarity of Music and Visual Art

“The dream of visual dynamism is the same; to leave behind earthbound stasis and to fly into that liquid space of numerical architecture without gravity” – John Whitney John Whitney’s Digital Harmony – On the Complementarity of Music and Visual Art [1980] can now be read or downloaded at the ever brilliant Archive.org. Good news […]

Selected Tweets #24: Sunspots, Fulgurites & Pathological Fractals

Illustrations from Opus mago-cabalisticum et theologicum – Georg von Welling [1719] Selected tweets from my Twitter stream @MrPrudence Group of Sun Spots and Veiled Spots – E. L. Trouvelot [1873]. Chromatic Drawings – Ivan Wyschnegradsky. Polyomino II – Jose Sanchez and students. Combinatorial patterns generated in Unity3D. Illustrations from Opus mago-cabalisticum...

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