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A digital transfiguration, and the unavoidable variations, of a Joycean quote.

D3D4LU5 is project based at the intersection of generative art and data visualization. The work name refers to two iconic characters: the mythical labyrinth builder and the Joycean alter ego of both the Portrait of the Artist as Young Man and Ulysses. The project is articulated in two parts: a software and a high quality digital print.
A generative software contains two aesthetic and semantic dimensions that subtly interact. In the first, algorithms based on intelligent agents weave diaphanous structures, simultaneously outlining a soundscape characterized by an extremely slow but vibrant polyphonic rhythm, while against the background of this dense, almost particulate action, the artist has attempted to project the legend of Daedalus, in filigree, as it were. The second generative seed has as its starting point an adapted version of a phrase pronounced by James Joyce's character Stephen Dedalus: “A software makes no mistakes. Its errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.” The quote has been changed to make software its subject, then, powered by a lexical database and innervated by computational models, it generates endless variations on the theme. This pseudo-narrative dimension is the growing medium out of which D3D4LU5 is ready to rise as an autonomous character.
From a formal perspective the software is articulate in two scene: in the first one the software counts and at the same time it’s randomly referring to one of the words permuted from Joyce’s quotation getting the sense of a never ending list declaration. The second scene appears after eight “counting declaration” and presents variation of Joyce’s sentence.
Everything - music, speech, animation and text variation - is generating in real time.

D3D4LU5 generative software video documentation.


Alessandro Capozzo , "DAEDALUS _DEDALUS _D3D4LU5", 2016. Lambda print mounted on aliminium. 40 x 120 cm.
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Digital lambda print mounted on aluminium 40 x 120 cm. Image generated with a custom software made with Processing and RiTa elaborating Joyce’s quotation. The result has been exported as xml files too; it has been used has a data base for the real time software.

Alessandro Capozzo, "D3D4LU5", 2016. Custom made software.

Generative software made in C++ with openframework, PureData (wrapped with ofxPD library) and ofxSpeech(for dynamically using OS X speech synthesizer).

Technical Requirement.
1 Recent Mac Mini.
1 DLP projector (1920 x 1080 px or 1480 x 1080 px native resolution are preferred but other solutions could be taken into consideration ); lumen and optics have to be appropriate to the context.
1 Stereo audio system appropriates to the context.

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