Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement.

by November 1, 2013

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Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s light pen drawings Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement. uses abstracted semantic rap data to create sculptural forms with light. The forms represent the distance travelled by the lyrics in each song.

(Brief) Methodology: I used the Hip Hop Word Count’s new semantic analysis results to extract all geographic mentions from the complete bodies of work of 12 rappers. These locations were translated into geo coordinates which were then made into points that plotted the robot arm’s movements. The robot arm drew each path while holding a light pen.

My time here at The Frank-Ratche STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University has been productive.

Special thanks to Golan Levin, Joshua Bard, Mike Jeffers, Dan Wilcox & Caroline Record.

More documentation to come.