November 2002; New York Public Library
I have been invited to install TextArc in one of New York's most beautiful reading rooms: the Rose Reading Room in the main branch at 42nd Street. I have also been invited to lecture at its opening. The one I'm installing will be on a 50" touch screen plasma panel, tuned to support conversations between people rather than the solo text exploration this site was built for.

The project is partially supported by a grant from New York State Council for the Arts, which I received as an individual artist with support from ASCI. (Thanks Cynthia!)

October 28-29, 2002; IEEE InfoVis 02
I've had two posters accepted at this well respected international conference on information visualization. One on TextArc itself, and another on my "Illuminated Diagrams" approach of using print for its incredible information density, and using a projector as a "smart spotlight" to direct peoples' attention and add interaction.

September 16; Whitney Museum of American Art
Curator Christiane Paul saw TextArc when I spoke about it at Database Cultures and commissioned me to participate in CODeDOC, an exhibition on their on-line ARTPORT gallery. The project was to write code that "moves three points in space," but the focus was on the process: the source code itself would be visible to viewers, and artists were invited to comment on one another's work.

I chose to directly address Chriatiane's curatorial intent, so this isn't TextArc, but it shares an approach and visual/interactive vocabulary. My code read itself in as source material, and "comments" on itself; I move three points in "code space:"

  • The Insertion Point
    (how I wrote the code--character by character)
  • The Fixation Point
    (how someone might read it--word by word)
  • The Execution Point
    (how the computer executes it--line by line)
Then I modified the code to "comment" on the work of two other artists, Martin Wattenberg and Scott Snibbe. Fun stuff.

It opened on September 16, 2002, and was the subject of an article by Matthew Mirapaul in the New York Times that same day. The article called the "remixes" by Martin's and me the "the site's most remarkable works."

September 12-15, 2002; Banff Centre for the Arts
Another discussion at a summit meeting called "Quintessence: The Clumpy Matter of Art, Science and Math Visualization." Invited by Sara Diamond, Director of the Banff New Media Institute.

July 2002; SIGGRAPH 02 Working Artist
Thanks for the overly generous support from the SIGGRAPH Art Show (where I was a "working artist"—actually printing and tweaking the work based on attendee feedback), Roland (who loaned a gorgeous 8 ink 55" printer and donated supplies), and SMART Technologies (who loaned 2 50" plasma display touch screens).

It was an excellent week. I got great feedback from hundreds of attendees, and the space was beautiful. Gene Cooper of Four Chambers Studios documented it in these gorgeous cylindrical photos:

Get QuickTime VR here if you don't have it. I was surprised at how much difference the interactively moving view angle makes. Try it!

May 23, 2002; Thundergulch Dialogues: Database Cultures
Wayne Ashley invited me to talk about TectArc and other information visualization work in the context of databases. Here's the original e-mail invitation.

August, 2001; Banff Centre for the Arts
First informal showing at the Unforgiving Memory summit, invited by Sara Diamond, Director of the Banff New Media Institute.