our ImagePlot software is used in #OCCUPYDATA NYC Hackaphon

Occuprint Image Analysis
Image plot of almost 400 OccuPrint posters organized by visual similarity.

human image plot
"In addition, we’ve a human pattern recognition task underway in the gallery... it appears that gallery visitors are using the same types of features to understand and visualize patterns in the OccuPrint poster set. However, one distinction is incredibly striking, speed. Relative to computer efficiency, human work feels more like geologic time."

#OCCUPYDATA NYC is a series of Hackathons taking place in NYC. (The next one is on April 22nd, 2013. 8pm. Kellen Auditorium @ The New School, 66 Fifth Avenue).

During the last hackthon which took place at The Graduate Center CUNY, the participants used our free software tool ImagePlot to analyze and visualize a collection of almost 400 Occuprint posters. (Occuprint "collects, prints and distributes posters from the worldwide Occupy movement.")

"Occuprint Image Analysis" results and visualizations are available here:

Occuprint Image Analysis

ImagePlot software download and documentation:


Modular Complexity and Remix: The Collapse of Time and Space into Search, by Eduardo Navas

Image: from top and left to right: sliced image analysis of Downfall meme, detail of Downfall meme, grid detail of Radiohead's Lotus Flower meme, and grid image montage of The Charleston Style meme.

Note: This text was written for the peer review Journal AnthroVision 1.1 | 2012 : First issue. It was published in September of 2012. It is released here with permission from the editors. A special thanks to Nadine Wanono and the peer reviewers for all their support in the process of revising and publishing the text.  This essay is the first formal release of my post-doc research for The Department of Information Science and Media Studies at The University of Bergen, Norway in collaboration with The Software Studies Lab at Calit2, University of California, San Diego during the period of 2010-2012. I will be releasing more of my research in the near future. For now, you may also look over related material, available in Remix Theory under Projects.

The complete article: Download PDF

To cite this article:

Référence électronique
Eduardo Navas, « Modular Complexity and Remix: The Collapse of Time and Space into Search  », Anthrovision [En ligne], 1.1 | 2012, mis en ligne le 01 septembre 2012, consulté le 15 mars 2013. URL : http://lodel.revues.org/10/anthrovision/324


If postmodernity consisted of the collapse of time into space, then the time of globalization at the beginning of the twenty-first century consists of the collapse of time and space into search.  Culture has entered a stage in which time and space are redefined by modular access to knowledge in unprecedented fashion with the use of search engines. Search redefines the way people come to terms with historical developments that are constantly recycled and remixed with the use of new media technology.  A search is usually performed with engines such as Google and Bing; technology that is founded on research that brings together private and public interests.

This text is a reflection on the implications behind search algorithms that provide people with material that is relevant in correlation to a hierarchy of supposed importance that may reach great popularity, and perhaps even go viral (large circulation online) according to the use of key terms known as meta-data. This text is an evaluation of the aesthetics of search made possible because of what I call modular complexity; meaning, the ability to function within a system of modules that are autonomous but that also effectively inform and redefine each other.[1]  This, in effect, leads to the collapse of time and space into search; meaning, if the postmodern gave way to a sense of historical dismissal, such attitude is fully at play in networked culture as ahistoricity.  This shift, which informs emerging markets on the global network, repurposes interdisciplinary methodologies across fields of research in the social sciences as well as the humanities.

[1] I first introduce the concept of Modular Complexity in the Essay “Remix: The Ethics of Modular Complexity in Sustainability,” written for CSPA Journal’s Spring 2010 issue.  See: http://remixtheory.net/?p=461

The complete article: Download PDF

Relevant links in this blog are:

Research on Remix and Cultural Analytics, Part 1
Research on Remix and Cultural Analytics, Part 2
Research on Remix and Cultural Analytics, Part 3
Research on Remix and Cultural Analtytics, Part 4
Research on Remix and Cultural Analytics, Part 5 


Call for Proposals: Graduate Center CUNY Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants

Visualization by Micki Kaufman, The Graduate Center CUNY
Visualization from the project by Micki Kaufman (PhD student in History, The Graduate Center CUNY): “Data Mining Diplomacy”: A Computational Analysis of the State Department’s Foreign Policy Files

Call for Proposals: Graduate Center CUNY Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants

Deadline: April 8, 2013

To submit: Send a single PDF file containing all parts of the application to gcdi@gc.cuny.edu with “Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant Proposal” in the subject line.

The Graduate Center CUNY Digital Initiatives project of the Provost’s Office is delighted to announce a call for proposals in support of innovative digital projects designed, created, programmed, or administered by matriculated doctoral students in good academic standing at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Proposal application details: http://gcdi.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/03/15/call-for-proposals-provosts-digital-innovation-grants/

Winning proposals from the 2012-2013 competition: http://gcdi.commons.gc.cuny.edu/category/provosts-digital-innovation-grants/

Award range: $500 to $3000

ImagePlot user guide in Polish / analysis of V for Vendetta

Dr. Radosław Bomba (MediaLab, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland) has been succesfully using our free ImagePlot software in his classes.

Here is the example of one the student projects - Aleksander Stando's visual analysis of V for Vendetta movie and comparison it with the original comic book:

Radosław developed a guide to ImagePlot in Polish. We are looking forward to more interesting ptojects to come from his classes.

The page of UMCS MediaLab (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin) has a number of other projects by students which use ImagePlot and other tools for quantitative cultural analysis and visualization (Let Google translate it from Polish into the language your read)

The Programmable City openings: 4 postdocs (5 years) and 4 PhD students (4 years)


The Programmable City

5 year research project directed by Rob Kitchin

Avaiable positions:

4 postdocs (5 years) and 4 PhD students (4 years)

The project is an empirical extension of the Code/Space book (Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge) published in Software Studies series by The MIT Press (2011). It focuses on the intersection of smart urbanism, ubiquitous computing and big data from a software studies/critical geography perspective, comparing Dublin and Boston and other locales.

The positions are not restricted to any discipline.

Postdoctoral Researchers X 2 Posts (the othee 2 posts will be advertized later this year)
Closing date for applications 22nd March 2013
Further details

Funded PhDs X 4 Posts
Closing date for applications 12th April 2013
Further details

Prof. Rob Kitchin is Director of NIRSA, and Chairperson of the Irish Social Sciences Platform. He has published widely across the social sciences, including 20 books and over 100 articles and book chapters. He is editor of the international journals, Progress in Human Geography (ISI rank 2/61) and Dialogues in Human Geography, and for eleven years was the editor of Social and Cultural Geography. His book 'Code/Space' (with Martin Dodge) won the Association of American Geographers 'Meridian Book Award' for the outstanding book in the discipline in 2011 and a 'CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2011' award from the American Library Association.