people turn into comic book characters in an installation by nova jiang
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oct 10, 2012
people turn into comic book characters in an installation by nova jiang


‘ideogenetic machine’ by nova jiang
image © otto saxinger

new york-based artist nova jiang has sent designboom images of her project, realized in collaboration with jake jefferies, ‘ideogenetic machine’ –
an interactive installation that incorporates portraits of participants into an algorithmically generated comic book strip.
participants pose in front of a camera that captures them live while a code transforms the photographic image into a cartoon style line drawing.
face detection is employed to insert-code generated blank speech bubbles into the narrative.

to be consistent with rules precipitating from the compositional decisions of a human author, the software produces non-repetitive creations.
the story elements are drawn by the artist – mostly depicting hypothetical story lines based on current news and events.
audience members can e-mail the finished pieces as a PDF and fill in the speech bubbles with self-made dialogue.
the work will be installed at tea/collective wisdom at the national taiwan museum of fine art in taichung in taiwan from october
12th through to december 23rd, 2012.


a video showing the installation in use


the camera captures audience members live while a code transforms the photographic image
image © philippe gerlach


to be consistent with rules precipitating from the compositional
decisions of a human author, the software produces non-repetitive
creations

image © philippe gerlach


face detection is employed to insert-code generated blank speech bubbles into the narrative
image © philippe gerlach

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