Anemophilous Formula for Computer Art

by Owen Mundy and Joelle Dietrick
single channel video and custom software

Inspired by Jim Campbell's Formula for Computer Art and Tallahassee's annual sea of tree pollen, Owen Mundy and Joelle Dietrick created a generative animation referencing new forms of cross-pollination and re-use. Intentionally meditative and aesthetically pleasing, the format parodies computer art that simply crunches numbers to create useless forms. The diligently recorded data of the National Allergy Board guides the animation down a predictable path and stands in stark contrast to the chaos of everyday life. The project calls into question our obsession with mapping nature, as if grasping its sublimity would be essential to finding lifelong satisfaction.

Anemophilous Formula for Computer Art was included in Aspect: The Chronicle for New Media Art VOL 12, Fall 2008 with commentary by Eduardo Navas

National Allergy Bureau Pollen and Mold Report of tree pollen count (American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology) for Tallahassee, Florida, during March, 2007. The ambient soundtrack was recorded in a neighborhood in Tallahassee, FL.

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