Mind grid

Mind Grid

I once worked with Dima Barbanel and his team Masterskaya.pro The idea of project was to make a computational art based on the data of graduates of a Russian business school. The result graphics should be projected during creating photos for the person interviewed. And it turned out to awesome results.


Victor Gorbachev and Andrei Kondakov pushed complexity and concept even further, proposed special requirements from shooting point of view: the app should produce series of frames “growing” inside out. Also was asked to make a tool where teammates could work on together.


We were interested in series of images which we will project later. In addition, intermediate results need to maintain for teamwork. I used something called paper.js - a great tool to work with vectors and html canvas. I made pictures serializable to binary format to store on node.js server so team members could work together on graphics.


I apply same algorithm for every image but with different values of variables. I have different types of figures. Each figure is a sequence of curves. Every curve is array of smoothly connected dots in polar coordinates. So I can just take any r(θ) — a function of angle, take 10 or 20 points of this function and then smoothly connect. I need to get these dots separately to make distortion. Distortion is sum of “bubbles”. Each bubble is a normal distribution. In case of circle, algorithm begin with r(θ) = 1, and then add a gaussian, screwed to polar coordinates.


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