In an remarkable effort the russian photographer Prokudin-Gorskii build a camera that was able to capture three black and white images on glass plate negatives, using red, green and blue filters. He then presented these images in color in slide lectures using a light-projection system [right] involving the same three filters.
The images are now being digitalized by the library of congress for the exhibition "The empire that was Russia". For the digital process, the original tri-part glass negative is scanned with an overhead digital camera in grayscale mode. Image-editing software converts the scan of the entire plate from negative to positive form. The entire plate is then reduced to 8-bit grayscale mode. Under magnification, the quality of each image on the plate is reviewed for contrast, degree of color separation, extent of damage to the emulsion, and any other details that might affect the final color composite.
The resulting images look amazing...
After the beautiful GINA study from BMW I found another interesting project from BMW. The Kinetic Sculpture made up of 714 metal balls translates a virtual design process into the space around it. The sculpture is part of the installations at the new BMW Museum in Munich. Seemingly weightless and guided solely by the power of the mind, the sculpture moves through a cycle of free abstractions and typical BMW vehicle forms.
Happy Flu is an interesting experiment to track information diffusion within the web. Below you see a flash application that shows the spread of the flash code on the different websites. Each node is a website that embeds the flash code. The size of the nodes is depending on the number of hits of the web page containing the flash code. The edges are the path from where the flash codes travelled.