The project explores the contingent outcome of arbitrarily chained and randomly parametrised image processing units operating on a singleton white-colored pixel.
Impulsion takes Efterklang‘s paradigm to the realms of imagery. It programmatically employes Apple’s CoreImage: a pixel-accurate image processing framework for applying image filters and effects within the Quartz graphics rendering layer. CoreIMage is extensively used in Mac Os X (as of 10.4) and iOS (as of 5.0) operating systems and compatible third-party applications. Impulsion explores CoreImage’s image generating potential by means of triggering its various filters and transformations using just a nominal-valued white-coloured pixel and bespoke software. The algorithm relies on stochastic processes to parametrise and to interconnect the various processing units in larger systems and will result into a series of digital images of various dimensions and resolutions that can be, subsequently, presented employing a variety of media.
A professional painter has been hired to physically paint Impulsion #4 in a small canvas so that it is included in Luciano Benetton’s Imago Mundi collection. In this fashion, a human is asked to serve the machine’s eye and to remediate what the computer has generated to a medium traditionally destined for (human) fine artists.