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abstrakt Abstrakt: Jorinde Voigt

Jorinde Voigt: Territorium (4), VI/aus: Position 1-x; Nord-Süd-Achse; Zentren A-Z; Position-Zentrum/Identisch; Territorium 1-x; Zentrum 1-x; N,S,W,O; Drehrichtung der Himmelsrichtung im Verlauf; Konstruktion; Dekonstruktion; Countup-Countdown-Loop: 1-x Tage; Kontinentalgrenze
Rome, 2010
70×100cm, ink, pencil on paper, signed original

The drawings of Jorinde Voigt are means to project order onto her environment. She formalizes and orders aspects, objects and impressions to form complex graphs, applying both objective (scientific) methods and subjective decisions. The system designs thus bear a scientific character, but upon closer inspection they can neither be generalized nor be deciphered in terms of applicability. The drawings constitute ’subjective abstractions’ that can only be read as aesthetic products, as symbols for the time’s penchant for formalization, and as such elude any concrete application as patterns or logic.

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HTML and markup languages like XML describe documents as hierarchies of tags, in what is called a Document Object Model. This structure can be visualized as a graph.

Websites as Graphs (by Sala of Onethousandpaintings.com) takes a web page URL as input, and outputs a graph of the underlying HTML structure. Used on any large content site like CNN or BoingBoing, it reveal the underlying logic of presentation used to build those pages. Related information form clusters, with color codes revealing a tendency towards table- or CSS-based design (the former being a no-no, obviously) as well as density of images, links etc.

While the graphs make for interesting images, it is still hard to make hard and fast assumptions about the page in question only by looking at the graph. But a well-structured document will always reveal itself as such, as will badly-structured documents. Websites as Graphs should be of interest to anyone who has tried to define a page structure, particularly if that structure conforms to the current CSS-based ideal of “logic-not-presentation” style of web design.

The source code for Websites as Graphs is freely available for download. It was built with Processing, using the Traer.Physics and HTMLParser.

Update: Markavian has hacked up a remix version which allows you to browse the tag structure interactively and even follow links to new documents. To use it, point your browser to a URL in the following format:

http://mkv25.net/applets/mkv_htmlgraph/getDataFromURL.php?url=http://www.mysite.com/

“mysite.com” should obviously be replaced with whatever URL it is you want to explore.

Relevant links:

 
Ben Gimpert: Holy Shallot

Ben Gimpert: Holy Shallot

Ben Gimpert has posted a project he calls Holy Shallot, a graph of relationships between different food-related components. Ingredients, flavors, styles of cooking and not least emotional aspects of food are investigated. Anchovies and stinky cheese are challenging, whereas bitter-sweet chocolate is closely associated with duck.

I would have expected chili sauce to be related to that most traditional English national dish, the Chicken Curry. Curiously, it seems to hang around with hamburgers instead.

Via Random Etc.