EL Putnam

Emergent: A Critical Approach to Performance and Biometric Data

In December 2021, I presented on Emergent at the first annual TeLA2021 Conference, hosted by TU Dublin. This presentation involves a combination of personal narrative with philosophical analysis, featuring a number of the sketches I have developed over the past year. I had considered publishing the text as a peer-reviewed journal article, though it works …

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New articles relating to Emergent

I have published a few new pieces based on work I have created over the past year as part of Emergent. The first is an interview with Meabh McNutt in Cois Coribe, NUI Galway’s outreach publication. In this interview, I discuss my artistic practice more generally and how it relates to my scholarship and teaching. …

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Oblivious Network

https://elputnam.github.io/ObliviousNetwork/ Just a simple geometric sketch — contrasting colours of cyan and deep red, a randomly rotating cluster of cones to create a digital ruby. I am continuing to develop Ferocious Patience as a presentation of movement data, but in the meantime I continue to have a urge and need to sketch. The Oxford English …

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Indeterminate System

https://elputnam.github.io/IndeterminateSystem/ For this sketch, I returned to a generative play with images that I have used in previous works (Milk Drunk), where a series of still images are animated in a random order to create a never ending looping animation that does not repeat. I pulled one image per second from a video I shot …

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Sedentary Productivity

https://elputnam.github.io/SedentaryProductivity/ I am continuing to work with FitBit data, focusing on how to convey inactivity. For this sketch I just incorporate the sedentary minutes and the step data, though also including a live video stream from the Webcam (it seems this does not work in the embedded version, only the full page version at the …

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Ferocious Patience

https://elputnam.github.io/FerociousPatience/ This sketch is an adaptation of Recumbent Steam. I replaced the circles with squares in four quadrants of the canvas, again with motions and hue correlating with number of minutes. I found myself unsatisfied with the design of the first iteration and wanted to try a different approach. The presentation of steps is the …

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Recumbent Steam

https://elputnam.github.io/RecumbentSteam/ For this sketch, I am working with the activity levels collected by my FitBit, which break down quality of activity to sedentary, lightly active, moderately active, and very active. In particular, I am interested in drawing attention not to the rigor of my activities, which tends to be the case with the FitBit, but …

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Crawling Preface

https://elputnam.github.io/CrawlingPreface/ It has been a while since I focused on the visual qualities of a sketch. This piece is an adaptation of an example from Generative Design. In addition to altering the colors and qualities of the shapes, I added the circular forms and played with the timings between different elements. After what has been …

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Android Dream (new iteration)

https://elputnam.github.io/SleepAnalysis/ I have continued tuning the Android Dream sketch, where I work with sleep data from my FitBit. With some support from the Processing Forum, I managed to debug the night cycling issue, so now the code cycles through the entire month of data, as opposed to getting stuck in a loop of the first …

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Android Dream

https://elputnam.github.io/SleepAnalysis/ I am starting to pay more attention to how I can incorporate biometric data into my sketches, drawing it back to the deferred performance that has been this past year of the pandemic. So far I have focused on heart rate data. As data, it has a nice range of variance. Conceptually it appeals …

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