Emergent: Performing with Code (2021, in process)

The body is the database of lived experience. Body-based performance art functions as a means of considering this “data,” drawing upon it through actions and gestures that investigate, play with, and share the accumulation of experience in flesh. How then can biometric data function as performance art? Emergent involves the production of generative animations that …

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Kindly Notions

https://elputnam.github.io/KindlyNotions/ I never really managed to do what I intended with this sketch. I have been playing with fade in and fade out using alpha channel and size of shapes, so for this I wanted to create pulsating lights like stars or fireflies that fade in and out at different rhythms. I could not manage …

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Contingent Functions

https://elputnam.github.io/ContingentFunctions/ It has been quite a while since I have worked on daily sketches. I have replaced the blog on the website with a static page and removed it from the site’s menu. In some ways I have considered this aspect of the project finished, now that I have moved onto showing the work in …

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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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