January 2014 and ongoing, large scale data collection and photo processing. Python, Node, CasperJS.
Emergent Aesthetic began with a question: how can we quantify the unconscious aesthetic decisions we all make? Something as simple as placement of a single dot on a blank canvas, aggregated over millions of people, gives a glimpse into the shape of underlying structures in the collective unconscious.
To collect a massive amount of data about these simple aesthetic choices, Emergent Aesthetic begins by looking at how we frame photos. So far over 800,000 identically sized random photos have been gathered from the Internet and processed into a single high-precision image, like a virtual long exposure. At first, this single image appears to be Emergent Orange. When low spatial frequencies are filtered out and the remainder amplified, phantom details emerge: patterns, ghostly faces, cloth-like textures.