躺平

“Lying Flat” 2021, in a baseball field in Seattle

Sometimes it is good to lay down, and instead of expelling heat, allow oneself to soak it in.

The title Lying Flat comes from a movement in China today, Tang Ping (躺平). Many workers are exhausted by the “996” culture–9AM to 9PM 6 days a week–and other intense pressures…


Photography’s Copernican Trauma

Seen as Machine
“Seen as Machine” 2021

Seen as Machine is an interactive physical sculpture. It is made of a modified Linhof 4x5 camera with a digital back. But in this case, atypical of most digital backs which converts the ground glass of an analog camera into a digital viewing and capture device, this device flips the…


Reflecting on the process of making my interactive website

A still from worlding.earth.

As a cumulative hurrah to put a cap on Gray Area’s 2021 Creative Coding Immersive, all the students had the opportunity to apply the software/hardware tools they had learned during the course and generate a work to display in an online gallery. Having already premiered (you can still view the…


Photogrammetry, Control, and Identity

A photogrammetry portrait made from 30 self-portraits taken over 30 days.

The Process

At the start of February 2021 I began to take an image of myself everyday. I sat down on the edge of my bed, straightened my posture, and looked forward at the same spot in the corner of the room. Each day I moved the tripod a few inches to…


How images exhibit the memes that control them

This is a stream of consciousness write up, with some citations made in post, about how I think images operate.

The story of Narcissus is one of overextension. Narcissus is a character in Greek mythology, who is born handsome, knows it, and becomes obsessed with how he looks. He gazes…


Is this object discrete or continuous?

“Tensegrity Between The Discrete And The Continuous” (2021)

Tweening is a technique in animation where an animator adds intermediate frames in between two key frames. An example is an animation of a character walking. In the first keyframe the character might have their left foot forward. In the second, their right foot. The tween frames are the frames…


A chronology of keylogging my own data exhaust

“Keyscape, December to January” (2021)

This work was an exploration of my personal “data exhaust.”

There is a magic in using a computer. It does not just take instructions; it is not just an Analytical Machine that executes instructions given to it. It feels alive, like it listens and responds and learns. It appears to…


“Lenless Horizon” (2021) Series. Top L to R: “Google Data Center. The Dalles, OR.”, “Microsoft Data Center. Quincy, WA.”, “Vantage Data Center. Quincy, WA.”, “Sabey Data Center. Quincy, WA.” Bottom L to R: “Amazon Data Center. Boardman, OR.”, “Amazon Data Center. Boardman, OR.”, “Facebook Data Center, Prineville, OR.”, “Apple Data Center. Prineville, OR.”

This work documents seven data centers dotted across the Pacific Northwest operated by Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. It highlights the usurping of the camera by data centers: in each of these photographs the data centers graphically take the camera’s traditional place at the top of a tripod. …


According to Bruno Latour, it does not.

Latour, a philosopher, writes in the essay Some Experiments in Art and Politics, “…networks have no inside, only radiating connectors. They are all edges. They provide connections but no structure. One does not reside in a network, but rather moves to other points along the edges.”

The understanding of network…


The footprints of data centers

“Pollution is nothing but resources we’re not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we’ve been ignorant of their value.” Buckminster Fuller, I Seem To Be A Verb

Data exhaust are the footprints you leave behind as you go about your digital life.

Every action you take on a digital…

tywen kelly

A student of Media Ecology. More work at https://www.instagram.com/tywensnotes/

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