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Spam as Art.

Romanian artist Alex Dragulescu likes his email spam - that's because he sees patterns in it, which he then turns into sculptures:

Don't let the spam get you down. With the right touch, an annoying message can become a masterpiece.

When Romanian artist Alex Dragulescu looks at junk e-mails, he sees patterns — bits and bytes that can be manipulated into colorful plantlike images or stark architectural forms.

As a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego, he and fellow student Tim Jaeger collected spam and used it to create live multimedia shows of sound, text, and animation — "like a VJ and DJ performance," Mr. Dragulescu says in a phone interview. ...

He started feeding messages into a plant-generating algorithm. "I have certain key words controlling, for example, the size.... Like, how many times is 'Viagra' in the text, and maybe it will control the size of the petals."

Link - via starspirit


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