10 Minutes Ambient - Jon Burris Projects

The Chaos Project: 10 Minutes Ambient

"10 Minutes Ambient" is a project set up to map 10 minutes of the ambient radiation field in my home in Downtown Brooklyn, or wherever I happened to be at the time, each day from 9am to 9:10am, with a different set of mapping parameters applied to each month. In this way, it is a progressive exploration of the different ways in which chaos can be visualized. Accordingly, some months are rendered in multiple scales of visualization: each day, each week and/or the entire month.

While electronic in their creation (done primarily in Photoshop and Blender), the images are intended and calibrated specifically for inkjet printing on paper. Sizes vary depending on the precise image characteristics. The size at which each event is viewed, as well as that of the overall field, is an integral part of this investigation. 

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Month 1 (April 2 - May 3, 2016)

Sampled in Downtown Brooklyn except April 28 (sampled outside Penn Station in New York) and April 29 - May 2 (sampled in the 11th Arrondissement of Paris at 9am local time).  

April 3, 2016

Month 2 (May 4 - June 2, 2016)

Sampled in Paris through May 10 and in New York for the remainder of the month. This map uses four radiation detectors. The top image is a map of the entire month. The bottom images are the individual days.

May 3, 2016

Month 3 (June 3 - July 2, 2016)

Within the inquiry that is The Chaos Project the use of color can raise a problematic set of issues. Without going into specifics, color almost inevitably carries subjectively charged messages, underlying the essence of the work in some contexts, but not necessarily here. After running some experiments in the random selection of color palettes, none giving satisfactory results, I decided to base the color schemes of this month in a longitudinal view of the history of Euro-American art. The works date from the 15th to the 20th century.

So, Month 3 is an exercise in art history: color abstracted from its initial context, indeed denatured of all contexts, and posited into a new one: the random field.

Unlike some months’ series which represent each day or week individually, here each image contains all the month’s sampled events (approximately 27,000), employing the same map for each day’s image. Only the applied colors differ.

Those colors are derived from 30 paintings I admire. To obtain the values, I downloaded a museum’s digital version and then color corrected it by direct comparison with the original for maximum fidelity. Twenty values were then sampled from each work and a color index from 1 - 20 was assigned to each value. These indices were then mapped according to the event data by correlating that index to the data set, so that each square represents a specific event with the color indicating the specific duration between consecutive events. As the data is the same for each image, a given index will be assigned to the same square across the series: e.g. square 1, the upper left, is index 12 in each image, whatever color that might represent.

The series is printed on strips of 6 images each, each 17” high x 103” long, intended to be arrayed vertically on a single wall.

Both the strips and the individual days are shown below.

(Note that the colors of the printed images - the reference - are somewhat muted - less luminous and saturated - than their on-screen appearance.)

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Month 4 (July 3 - August 2)

Month 4 juxtaposes two expressions of the same moment: an ambiguous cloud and the time stamp located at the center point of the mapping of the event.

Note that the screen may show some gray-scale banding. The printed images are continuous in tone. 

In Month 4's original treatment, I was not fully happy with denotation of each event's precise time . The time stamp felt too concrete in the midst of this ambiguous field. I produced a second series using the same data sets but replacing the text with a small black dot, indicating the precise location of the event on the mapping grid. 

Month 5 (August 3 - September 2, 2016)

For August 3 to September 2, the month was divided into four 7-day weeks, each image representing the 10-minute samples for each day of that week + a separate map for the few days remaining at the month's end. New York (August 3 - 5) and Paris (August 6 and following).

The top image is a map of the whole month. The strip shows each week's map. Click on any image to enlarge it.

Month 6 (September 3 - October 2, 2016)

As with Month 5, the samples of Month 6 were divided into four weeks and another sheet for the several days remaining, each image incorporating each day's 10-minute sample during that week. Samples taken in Paris.

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Month 7 (October 3 - November 2, 2016)

Month 7, still in process, is in part an exploration of color. Each month is divided into five images: four for the registered events during each each week of 7 days and one sheet for the month's three remaining days. 

As in month 3's maps, each model is identical except for the color assignment. The five images of each color series are printed on a single sheet, 17" high x 83" long.

The colors are derived from a series of photographs taken specifically for this purpose. They are intended to be an exploration of both urban and natural landscapes - however concealed - with a conscious but not entirely unwelcome reference to impressionist and post-impressionist painting. 

Additional sheets will be posted as they are produced. 

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57th Street and 5th Avenue

Catskill Forest

17th Street and 5th Avenue

350 Park Avenue

Grand Central Station Interior

Month 8 (November 3 - December 2, 2016)

As with a number of other months, the large image is a map of the entire month. Those below are four the four weeks and the several additional days left to the month.

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Month 9 (December 3, 2016 - January 2, 2017)

Sampled in Paris.

Two treatments from the same samples.

In each case, the top image is the full month. The lower strip consists of each of 4 weeks and the three remaining days.

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Month 10 (January 3 - February 2, 2017)

Sampled in Paris and New York. Four 7-day weeks and the 3 days remaining.

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Month 11 (February 3 - March 2, 2017)

Sampled in New York. Four 7 day weeks. Click on any image to enlarge it. 

Month 12 (March 3 - April 2, 2017)

Sampled in New York: four seven-day weeks and the three days which remain. Three alternative treatments using the same data set. More will be posted as they develop. 

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