SEAM SORTING

Using a modified version of Photoshop's "content-aware scaling" algorithm, called "seam carving", a line of least energy is mapped through a found image (downloaded from Google) from bottom-center to the top. This line of pixels is gathered, sorted by color, and put back in place in the new sorted order. This line is then shifted one pixel to the right and the process repeated across the entire image.

This process is accomplished with custom software, which then saves the image, rotates it 90°, and repeats the procedure several times, creating the taffy-like twisting and strange, emergent forms.

Hundreds of source images were found and downloaded via an automatic Google image search. The exact images are irrelevant: results that are interesting are kept, those that are not are deleted (images of deserts, mountains, and sunsets seem to work quite well as source material). The sorted images retain the exact pixel data of the original, simply reorganized like milk stirred into coffee.

The images are printed at large scale so that individual pixels can be seen, a remnant of their previous state.

Desert, No Sky #33 (630°)
Desert Satellite #26 (540°)
Mountain Grass #15 (1260°)
Mountain Grass #17 (1440°)
Mountain Grass #37 (720°)
Mountain Grass #49 (720°)
Mountain Grass #56 (90°)
Mountain Sunset #10 (900°)
Mountain Sunset #89 (720°)
Mountain Sunset #110 (180°)
Mountain Sunset #113 (90°)

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