Critical Sections / 2008

by Greg J. Smith, Design and Programming by Erik Loyer

In Critical Sections, the user draws with drawings—calling to the screen a collection of observations on domesticity in Los Angeles by triggering mashups of architectural renderings for eight prototype homes with images from eight films set in, or explicitly about the city.

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Jury's Choice Award, 2012 Electronic Literature Organization Media Arts Show

Critical Sections 1

The user’s line-drawing gestures are transmuted into collages of architectural drawings and frame grabs from Hollywood films.

Critical Sections 2

Compositions are generated from both bitmapped images and vector drawings, and as such can be printed at high resolution.

Critical Sections 3

Each of the user’s compositions is automatically annotated with keywords that illuminate the connections between two strains of visual material in the piece.