ZKM, one week in

Sunday. 10 April 2011. 17:00 UTC

The ZKM main light yard at sunset with the very large animated light composition, Chroma Lux by rosalie, visible on the left.

More of ZKM’s main light yard at sunset with Chroma Lux on the left.

Our temporary office within ZKM. Notes and sketches beginning to appear on the wall. Our movie dimensions will be 8192 × 1024 running at 25 frames per second.

One week down and one to go here at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany. To recap, I’m here working with Bernd Lintermann, head of the Institute for Visual Media, and the Global Art and the Museum team lead by Andrea Buddensieg on a data visualization exhibition piece for The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds After 1989 exhibition opening this September. Storyboarding. Coding. Bumping along to an odd mix of the instrumentals-only version of Dr. Dre’s 2001 and the first three records from Squirrel Nut Zippers. Not to mention the two minute trailer for the Beastie Boys’ Fight for your Right—Revisited which seems to have the most incredible cast list ever, including what appears to be a DeLorean time machine. (“Sense is something you can’t even make sense of until you’ve been to the future and spent time there.”) So much more coding and sketching to do. Back at it now. —Stewart

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