TRANSPOSE: The Work of Aaron Koblin and Robert Hodgin


Exhibition Description
TRANSPOSE continues Gray Area’s investigation into expansive forms of technology and the painting of landscapes through digital means. Code is a rule for converting a piece of information into another form or representation. Here we present two artists who work visually and creatively with code, shifting data around into different compositions, transposing their received nature into an alternate one through interpolation and algorithms.

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Aaron Koblin is an an artist specializing in data visualization. His work takes social and infrastructural data and uses it to depict cultural trends and emergent patterns. Aaron’s work has been shown at international festivals including Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, OFFF, the Japan Media Arts Festival, and TED. He received the National Science foundation’s first place award for science visualization and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Currently, Aaron is Technology Lead of Google’s Creative Lab where he helped to launch Chrome Experiments, a website showcasing JavaScript work by designers from around the world.


Robert Hodgin co-founded the Barbarian Group. His work ranges from simple 2D data visualizations to immersive 3D terrain simulations. His primary interests include theoretical physics, astronomy, particle engines, and audio visualizations. He works in Java, Processing, C++, Cinder, OpenGL, and GLSL and has spoken at conferences around the world, including FlashForward, FITC, Flash on the Beach, OFFF, and FlashBelt. He was also a guest lecturer at NYU’s ITP program, UCLA’s DMA program, and SCI-ARC and his work has been shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Wing Luke Asian Museum, McLeod Residence Gallery, Wired NextFest, San Francisco Exploratorium, and the San Francisco Independent Film Festival.

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