The MLab is delighted to announce that Jesse Colin Jackson (Electronic Art and Design, University of California, Irvine) will be delivering a public lecture on campus next week. Scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, December 3rd, in MacLaurin D114, the lecture is titled, “Pixels in the Material World: From Frank Lloyd Wright to Marching Cubes.” We hope to see you there! Details below.
“Pixels in the Material World: From Frank Lloyd Wright to Marching Cubes”
Jesse Colin Jackson | Electronic Art and Design | University of California, Irvine
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 | 10 AM | MacLaurin D114 | Poster
Digital images consist of pixels: squares that carry color and brightness values. The three-dimensional world can also be understood to be composed of rectilinear units, such as bricks, blocks, or voxels. Conceptions of area and volume as assemblies of discrete units are increasingly predominant in the digital age, as these units are easily reduced to a binary series of zeros and ones. In this talk, Jesse Colin Jackson will demonstrate that a unit-based understanding of space can be illuminated by the architectural ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Marching Cubes algorithm is an early method for making a surface binary, still commonly used in computer graphics; Jackson will describe his interactive installation that, through an intervention inspired by Wright, permits tactile engagement with this algorithm, and generates dialogue about the ways in which information technology shapes contemporary culture.
Jesse Colin Jackson is a Canadian artist based in Southern California. His practice focuses on object- and image-making as alternative modes of architectural production, manipulating the form and ideas found in the human landscape through the expressive opportunities provided by digital visualization and fabrication technologies. Jackson has received project funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Centre for Innovation in Information Visualization and Data Driven Design, the Digital Media Research and Innovation Institute, and the Ontario Arts Council. He is a 2014 Hellman Fellow at the University of California, and was a 2008 Howarth-Wright Fellow at the University of Toronto. Jackson is an assistant professor of electronic art and design at the University of California, Irvine; he taught previously at the University of Toronto and OCAD University.