processing by pointillism
the nature of mental imagery

Pointillism (2011)

This series of interactive works came about during a residency at the Public Art Academy/Pajama Factory in Williamsport, PA. Visually, they are a reference to the process of mental imagery. Sometimes time can sharpen the image, while other times it may obscure it, with factors of stress, the other senses, and psychological pressure playing their parts. The images are from my That Which Cannot Be Said With Words series, which are experiments with various forms of light, as I seek to make images that have some aesthetic resemblance to the synesthetic visuals I experience in my mind's eye.

This piece was written in the Java-based coding platform Processing. The installation version had two wands moved by the viewer which determined the dot size and opacity through the readings of ping sonar sensors (which return distance information). I also wrote versions to put online so that everyone could play, in which the mouse pointer location determines the opacity and size of the dots. Unfortunately, given the changes in the way Java installs, needs security clearance, and how different browsers have drastically changed their cooperation with it in the last several years, I have removed the live code from my website and am searching for other ways to show this piece. For now, scroll down for images taken during the process!

Firman Synesthesia Pointillism
Synesthesia Pointillism
Synesthesia Pointillism
Synesthesia Pointillism
The original image:
Synesthesia Pointillism