Project name: The Flat Arc
Intent: Experimenting artistic freedom on data, a road to explore possibilities of telling abstract yet emotional stories not with literature but visuals corresponding to datasets.
Method: Generative visual parameters are governed by real time image/video synthesis, with the help of graphic manipulative software platforms and creative coding. Sources are public datasets or self mined.
City population Beijing
PROJECTED CITY POPULATION (UN URBANIZATION PROSPECTS, 2018) Variable geographic coverage Largest 30 cities Variable time span 2020 – 2035 Unit conversion factor for chart 1000000 Data published by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2018).
World Urbanization Prospects: The 2018 Revision, Online Edition. Link https://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/Download/ Data on city populations is available for the world's largest 30 cities by population (in 2015). Estimates are available in 5-year intervals from 1950 to 2015. Projections are also available to the year 2035 as published by the UN World Urbanization Prospects (2018) based on its median fertility scenario and urbanization trends. CC : ourworldindata.org
Inspecting beauty in data and depicting the complexity of computational thinking, The ability to communicate your thoughts in a structured and logical way. This type of thought process is like the step by step instructions that are coded into a computer. It is also the process of thinking up and then solving problems in a methodical way that could be replicated by a machine. Software engineers, computer programmers, and logistics specialists use this method of thinking to solve problems. Computational thinking is a combination of advanced mathematics, algorithm development, and logic. The development of computational thinking involves considering a problem and breaking it down into single-action steps. Each of these steps is handled in the most efficient way possible. There is also an element of abstraction in computational thinking, which allows your child to move from a specific solution to a specific problem and generalize it to other situations. The result is a paradigm shift in thinking about how the world works.
The project also aim to evoke a sense of other-worldliness with its generative particles with added turbulence. This is a road to depict alien graphics apart from the usual 'cyberpunk' with the help of unusual physics simulation and higher dimensional geometries.
The idea of ‘storytelling’ in projections is one way forward in terms of content beyond the simple projection of images and shapes. There is the opportunity to engage people in stories beyond looking at a building and delve into history and stories and use the format with a little more narrative around histories. With this, it’s possible to take data from almost anything and use that to create an animation which is live.