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interferences 08-17 (2007)
digital image, 76x38 torinoko paper

new tools

while i was preparing test images for the wide printer at the art department, i recently experienced severe problems with large images formatting (like wasting two days with illustrator, photoshop and acrobat trying to export a single eps file to tiff or pdf; when it did not fail, it took forever). to work around this i have rewritten and extended my own software base using the quartz/coregraphics library by apple. now i can quickly and reliably produce correct pdf files for extremely complex images which i can preview at all scales and print to the largest sizes, right from mac os, without the handicap of third party tools. this new foundation software provides me with degrees of control and levels of possibilities i always dreamt of but never had. it will also allow me to produce smoothly the next images i have in mind for 35x70 inches sheets of torinoko paper. this programming session has already changed my whole perspective for my upcoming works, not forgetting that less is more.

i explore the possibilities of other visual and media software systems: apple's core image, cycling'74 max/msp/jitter, processing. they open new worlds of real time multimedia with sound, motion, live display, the quieter side of which only can really interest me.

far from creating a new formalism, what these can yield is something far transcending surface values since they not only embody form as beauty, but also form in which intuitions or ideas or conjectures have taken visible substance.
(max bill)

creative commons license jean-pierre hébert contact. (11 Sep 2007)