“Kou kou” is a visual work based on an abstract animation synchronized with a song comprising the unique syllabic sounds of the Japanese language, without actually using any full words.
It is in the elements of sounds from which words are made that we find syllabic sounds. In the case of the Japanese language, the linguistic roots or ‘Yamato Kotoba’ each individual sound possesses a unique meaning. For example, words containing ‘su’ exhibit a frictional characteristic and hence are used to represent a linear or direct movement. In modern-day Japanese, ‘sasu’ or ‘susumu’ represent a concrete, tangible action.
Wind Map is “a living portrait of of the wind currents over the U.S.”, conceived and developed as a side-project by the data visualization super-team of Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas, who lead Google’s Big Picture visualization research group (and before that, IBM’s Visual Communication Lab).
This beautiful, perpetually-animated online ap pulls publicly available data of surface wind speeds from the National Digital Forecast Database, which is updated hourly. The map shows the patterns created by winds ranging from 1-30 miles-per-hour. Pan and zoom functionality allows observation in fine detail.
Of the project, the artists write: “It conveys the movement of the air in the most basic way: with visual motion. As an artwork that reflects the real-world, its emotional meaning changes from day to day. On calm days it can be a soothing meditation on the environment; during hurricanes it can become ominous and frightening.”
Also be sure to check out the site’s gallery of archived map images.
More of Martin and Fernanda’s data viz collaborations can be found here.
Sebastián Cáceres a.k.a Gutiërrez is a graphic designer and photographer from Montevideo, Uruguay.
Breathtaking work by Motion Theory for IBM’s THINK exhibit at the Lincoln Center. Watch this full screen.
Amazing and fun videos by Luke Alexander (and collaborations w/ Jamie Thompson). Music video for Maze by Actress, visual video for Chord by Lukid, and a nice little piece titled Thriller III. Other great things on his Luke’s vimeo page. Enjoy.
The work of Sean Patrick. This particular piece is a short animation for the band Miracle Baby.
Bradley G Munkowitz, AKA Gmunk, has reemerged after spending all of 2010 directing a small team of motion designers to concept/design/execute 12 minutes of holographic content for TRON: Legacy. His work never fails to amaze, and the new site is chock-full.