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The Histograms @ PetaPixel

I’m really excited to see PetaPixel sharing the project with their vast audience. Thanks to them for providing a nice introduction to some of the aims of the project and encouraging readers to head on over.

The tumblr has been quiet for a bit while I finished graduating (harder than I wanted it to be) and moving to a new city (easier than it should have been). But now that things are mostly settled, I’m looking forward to putting more of my energy into this distribution project.

With that in mind, I’m planning on adding a few personal contributions in the next few weeks. I also know that some photographers are currently working on their own interpretations of the images and I will present them here as soon as they are ready. Lastly, I’ll take a more direct role in asking specific individuals—artists, designers, economists, engineers, woodworkers—to consider participating, either by making new work or offering up suggestions for what to do with the images/data. 

Screen Capture taken from PetaPixel’s website

The Histograms @ SPE National

Last week I was at the Society for Photographic Education's National Conference in San Francisco and made a little advertisement promoting the project. I knew I could make the cut lines suggest the curve of a histogram but I went for extra cheesiness by trying to make it look like a representation of the Golden Gate Bridge. Below are the results of this experiment taken over the course of the week:

Sherwin Rivera Tibayan. Cut photocopy advertisement, March 2012

The Histograms @ Quipsologies

Really excited to find The Histograms project featured on such a great graphic design site like Quipsologies. Many thanks to the crew over there for helping get the word out!

Screen Capture taken from Quipsologies’ website

"San Francisco" Screen Capture

Sherwin Rivera Tibayan. Cut out card taped to monitor, Google Maps, 2012

I’ll be in San Francisco this week to give a presentation at the national conference of the Society for Photographic Education. I’m also excited and humbled to announce that The Histograms will be recieving SPE’s 2012 Award for Innovations in Imaging in Honor of Jeannie Pearce! According to their literature, it’s given to a student project dedicated to:

“work only possible because of emerging digital technologies” and that the jurors “will seek to award work that demonstrates the most innovative, unique, and freshest uses of digital technologies.”

This year’s jurors were Christina Z. AndersonSama Alshaibi, and Liz Wells.

This conference, then, is the perfect time to begin promoting The Histograms distribution project. So if I’m lucky, I might be able to convince some of the attendees to make work with the data set or come up with proposals.

The Family of Histograms

The sound of “The Americans”

The Histograms @ XL Art Space

Sherwin Rivera Tibayan. Three-channel video, DVD, March 2012. Installation Views courtesy of Ilari Laamanen and XL Art Space, Helsinki, Finland.

A version of The Histograms is currently on display as part of Switch, a three-person exhibition curated by Ilari Laamanen. Along with works by Heini Aho and Bea Fremderman, Ilari—by way of introduction—notes that:

“It is necessary to slow down and learn how to orientate without an address and a map. Because perhaps one of these days all the lights will be switched off and it will get completely dark. How well can we see in the midst of darkness – or can we see at all? Switch is a group exhibition dealing with distance, temporality and spectating. At the core of the exhibition are the ideas of reduced expression and the rotation of images.”

I live in Oklahoma, so in a gesture inspired by the musical genius of the Flaming Lips and their concept album, Zaireeka, I wrote that the three-channel installation is:

“Composed of a fractured version Frank’s original photographic sequence—each monitor displays the entire set of histograms—and when played together suggest a left to right movement through the work that’s reminiscent of the highways and road markings that were critical to Frank’s project. But, because the starting times will never be perfect, each performance will be different, with the highly structured original narrative finally breaking down into a more open and chaotic movement.”

Nine views of Detroit

Sherwin Rivera Tibayan. Set of 9 5x7 inch cards, archival pigment prints, 2011

More so than the two previous images, in this one I was intentionally trying to arrange a Becher-style grid presentation involving the industrial city of Detroit.

From left to right, top to bottom: 

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Six scenes from the highway

Sherwin Rivera Tibayan. Set of 6 5x7 inch cards, archival pigment prints, 2011

From left to right, top to bottom: 

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The Ecstasy of Influence

Jonathan Lethem, excerpted from The Ecstasy of Influence”Harper’s Magazine, Feb 2007