Packet Switching

2012

Packet Switching is an ongoing body of work by Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy that visualizes architecture as fragments affected by economic and communications systems. The title of the series references how digital communication breaks files into smaller manageable blocks of data called packets. Each packet is then sent through a network, taking the quickest route possible, and reassembled once they reach their destination. One JPG image, for example, might be broken into several packets, each of which may travel a different path through the net, even through different cities, before being recompiled into a copy of the original file.

To reference this common process used in networked systems, we wrote custom software to deconstruct a 3D model's source code and produce unique fragments. We remixed these fragments using an original application created in Processing. The resulting images become limited edition prints, large photo installations, wall-sized paintings, and animations. Our process underscores how incidental fragmentation and automation can streamline markets, but also make them vulnerable to systems failure. The use of architecture specifically points to recent real estate market volatility and considers how communication technology-enabled pursuits of profit margins alters our most basic needs.

Process

Process screenshots

3D model of Weimer Hall in Rhino, University of Florida, 2012 3D fragment from Weimer Hall in Photoshop, 2012 3D fragment from Weimer Hall in Sketchup, 2012 3D fragment from Weimer Hall in Sketchup, 2012 3D fragment from Weimer Hall in Sketchup, 2012 ColladaFragmenter source code, 2012

Museum of Fine Art, Florida State University (2014)

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Orlando Museum of Art (2013)

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Grid, Sequence Me @ Flashpoint Gallery, Washington D.C. (2013)

Grid, Sequence Me @ Flashpoint Gallery, Washington D.C., Three-channel projection., Dimensions variable, 2013. Photograph by Brandon Webster Grid, Sequence Me @ Flashpoint Gallery, Washington D.C., Three-channel projection., Dimensions variable, 2013. Photograph by Brandon Webster Grid, Sequence Me @ Flashpoint Gallery, Washington D.C., Three-channel projection., Dimensions variable, 2013. Photograph by Brandon Webster Grid, Sequence Me @ Flashpoint Gallery, Washington D.C., Three-channel projection., Dimensions variable, 2013. Photograph by Brandon Webster Grid, Sequence Me @ Flashpoint Gallery, Washington D.C., Three-channel projection., Dimensions variable, 2013. Photograph by Brandon Webster Grid, Sequence Me @ Flashpoint Gallery, Washington D.C., Three-channel projection., Dimensions variable, 2013. Photograph by Brandon Webster

The Sea is a Smooth Space @ Flashpoint Gallery, Washington D.C. (2013)

The Sea is a Smooth Space @ Flashpoint Gallery, Washington D.C., Three-channel projection., Dimensions variable, 2013. Photograph by Brandon Webster The Sea is a Smooth Space @ Flashpoint Gallery, Washington D.C., Three-channel projection., Dimensions variable, 2013. Photograph by Brandon Webster The Sea is a Smooth Space @ Flashpoint Gallery, Washington D.C., Three-channel projection., Dimensions variable, 2013. Photograph by Brandon Webster The Sea is a Smooth Space @ Flashpoint Gallery, Washington D.C., Three-channel projection., Dimensions variable, 2013. Photograph by Brandon Webster The Sea is a Smooth Space @ Flashpoint Gallery, Washington D.C., Three-channel projection., Dimensions variable, 2013. Photograph by Brandon Webster The Sea is a Smooth Space @ Flashpoint Gallery, Washington D.C., Three-channel projection., Dimensions variable, 2013. Photograph by Brandon Webster

Commission at Weimer Hall at the University of Florida

Packet Switching (Weimer Hall), University of Florida, inkjet on polyester on panel, 177.5 ft. x 20.21 ft., 2012; Photograph by Steve Johnson / UF College of Journalism and Communications (2012) Packet Switching (Weimer Hall), University of Florida, inkjet on polyester on panel, 177.5 ft. x 20.21 ft., 2012; Photograph by Steve Johnson / UF College of Journalism and Communications (2012) Packet Switching (Weimer Hall), University of Florida, inkjet on polyester on panel, 177.5 ft. x 20.21 ft., 2012; Photograph by Steve Johnson / UF College of Journalism and Communications (2012) Packet Switching (Weimer Hall), University of Florida, inkjet on polyester on panel, 177.5 ft. x 20.21 ft., 2012; Photograph by Steve Johnson / UF College of Journalism and Communications (2012) Packet Switching (Weimer Hall), University of Florida, inkjet on polyester on panel, 177.5 ft. x 20.21 ft., 2012; Photograph by Steve Johnson / UF College of Journalism and Communications (2012) Packet Switching (Weimer Hall), University of Florida, inkjet on polyester on panel, 177.5 ft. x 20.21 ft., 2012; Photograph by Steve Johnson / UF College of Journalism and Communications (2012) Packet Switching (Weimer Hall), University of Florida, inkjet on polyester on panel, 177.5 ft. x 20.21 ft., 2012; Photograph by Steve Johnson / UF College of Journalism and Communications (2012) Packet Switching (Weimer Hall), University of Florida, inkjet on polyester on panel, 177.5 ft. x 20.21 ft., 2012; Photograph by Steve Johnson / UF College of Journalism and Communications (2012) Packet Switching (Weimer Hall), inkjet on polyester on panel, 177.5 ft. x 20.21 ft., 2012

Packet Switching exhibition, Center for Emerging Media, University of Central Florida (2012)

Packet Switching (UCF), acrylic on panel, 40 in. x 9 in., 2012 Packet Switching (UCF), acrylic on panel, 40 in. x 9 in., 2012 Packet Switching (UCF), acrylic on panel, 40 in. x 9 in., 2012 Packet Switching (UCF), acrylic on panel, 40 in. x 9 in., 2012 Packet Switching (UCF), acrylic on panel, 40 in. x 9 in., 2012

Particle Convergence (8:40) (2012)

Wall painting at Temporary Home exhibition in Kassel, Germany (2012)

Temporary Home, acrylic on panel, 40 in. x 9 in., 2012 Temporary Home (detail), acrylic on panel, 40 in. x 9 in., 2012 Temporary Home (detail), acrylic on panel, 40 in. x 9 in., 2012

Press

Duo finds artistry in boom gone bust By Maura Judkis, Washington Post, Jan 11, 2013

See also

*All Weimer Hall photographs by Steve Johnson / UF College of Journalism and Communications
visualization, design, public, architecture