Implied Space: Waveform

Turning an Environmental Implied Space

Into Visual Poetry

“Waveform is a speculative instance of ‘drone generated poetry’, meditating on the role of digital sensors in contemporary environmental monitoring, and exploring modes of capturing and expressing sensory data that depicts it not as an autonomous window or mirror of the observed, but as emerging out of exchanges between different sensing and interpreting agencies, both human and nonhuman.

In this project, coastal shorelines are imaged using an airborne camera drone. The data gathered is then analyzed using a machine vision algorithm that attempts to trace the nebulous boundary between wave and shore—a process whose inherent ambiguity exposes the functional contingencies and encoded thresholds of the system. The marker points that define this boundary then supply variables for another algorithm that generates short, enigmatic statements, which are curated to engage themes concerning the maritime environment, the perils and absurdities of life in a rapidly degenerating climate, and the interrelated acts of sensing, measuring, and knowing.” WAVEFORM ~ Dr. Richard A. Carter

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By using different visual content, and putting it through an algorithm analysis, Dr. Carter creates a mixed multimedia art composition from the Implied Space of the interaction of waves and shoreline. Photography and video are combined with data analysis to create an environmental art composition.