There is a wood-block floor in the basement of the Barbican Centre in London that we estimate contains over 175,000 tiles, each unique and each beautiful. We speculate the tiles could be fitted together, like a gigantic jigsaw, to reconstruct the trees from which they came.
We shall photograph the floor, to process the images to extract the tiles and to judge the feasibility of automatically fitting them, resulting in a high-resolution archive of this significant architectural space. We will then make a subsequent proposal for a public interactive work exploring our speculation.
This project is supported by the Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice.
For Close and Remote’s Smart City Lab I ran an Arduino workshop focused on the Internet of Things at Deptford Lounge. We covered the Arduino basics, RFID reading and using the WiFi shield. All the examples are available here.
Ten participants drawn mainly from Lewisham, and including artists; a poet; a marketing director and music entrepreneur; and a fraud examiner.
A common problem in image processing is to locate edges that form straight lines in an image. The Hough Transform is a well-known technique for achieving this. Here is my code for doing Hough Lines in Processing. To process a natural image you first need to extract the edges and then threshold the result.
My code is an adaptation of Olly Oechsle’s Java implementation.