Critical Sections
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Critical Sections

by Greg J. Smith
Design and Programming by Erik Loyer

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This project uses the Flash plug-in, which is no longer supported by Adobe. As an alternative, view the project's video documentation below.

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.

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

Video Traversal

A high quality recording of the project as a user might experience it.


Image 1 from Critical Sections

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

Image 2 from Critical Sections

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

Image 3 from Critical Sections

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

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