All the faces of Earth… Applied pareidolia

Published on 2013-12-14 by Eric Bourdon | Comment
Category(ies) : Pareidolia, Photo


face tracking Earth

 

     “Onformative”, an independant studio for digital art and design located in Berlin, is tracking faces all over the surface of the Earth, using satellite photos provided by Google Maps. The process called pareidolia we use to detect meaning in vague visual stimuli (clouds, inkblots, but also everyday life data : familiar faces, known objects…) and usually implemented by the temporal lobes of the human brain, is partially managed by advanced face detection algorithm and face tracking library, pushing the automatic face tracking capabilities far beyond those of your digital camera…

 

More on onformative.com/work/google-faces

 

tea coffee painting eric bourdon

 

     Latest drawing ‘Tea or coffee ?’ inspired by a set of stethoscopes (my kind of ‘applied art’)…

     See the full story here : step-by-step creation.

     This artwork is an acrylic painting on linen canvas, 61x38cm (24,02″x14,96″).

 

Playing pareidolia with Freud…

Published on 2013-09-07 by Eric Bourdon | Comment
Category(ies) : Applied art, Painting, Pareidolia


Sigmund Freud vulture

 

     This is the shape of a vulture that Sigmund Freud, playing “pareidolia” without knowing it, found in Leonardo da Vinci’s oil painting “The Virgin and Child with St. Anne” (1503-1519).

     This vulture, that Sigmund Freud guessed was hidden in the folds of the garment of the Virgin, was the center of his speculations about Leonardo da Vinci’s alleged homosexuality and views on women in his book Leonardo da Vinci and a memory of his childhood (1910).

     If the vulture revealed anything, it was only about Freud’s personal obsessions. I’ve just found some other interesting shapes, highlighted in my latest work “Sigmund Freud and a memory of his elephants”. You will see just a few of them, solutions are innumerable…!

 

final eric bourdon

 

     …or almost it. What else ? Varnishing, title, photos, gripping structure, pictures on the website, exhibiting… among many other things… Soon !

 

Churchill 
It is not the end; it is not even the beginning of the end; but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. (W. Churchill)

 

Previous picture

Photo © Eric Bourdon

story-eric-bourdon

 

     A triangle player, 2 guitarists, a drummer, an accordionist, a singer… All kinds of musicians everywhere with their fans, or amazed spectators… Then you can imagine what kind of story it could be… perhaps a musical American Idol-like contest ?

 

Previous picture | Next picture

Photo © Eric Bourdon

festival colors eric bourdon

 

     Big festival, whatever kind it is, the World Music Day or the Hindu Festival of Colors (‘Holi’)…

 

Previous picture | Next picture

Photo © Eric Bourdon

Day 15… New creative episode !

Published on 2013-07-30 by Eric Bourdon | Comment
Category(ies) : Painting, Work in progress


tree eric bourdon episode 15

 

A big tree to support the big band !…
This new creative episode is the 15th day
of painting this great canvas !…

 

Previous picture | Next picture

Photo © Eric Bourdon

eric bourdon new people

 

New people of today,
and something like a moon to enlighten them…

Follow the creation of this large painting on linen,
step by step !

 

Previous picture | Next picture

Photo © Eric Bourdon

Romanticizing the chaos…

Published on 2013-07-19 by Eric Bourdon | Comment
Category(ies) : Drawing, Work in progress


eric bourdon romanticizing chaos

 

     Beginning of a big size canvas (2m long) ! I’ll post pictures of a few steps of the creation of this painting, this “work-in-progress” (WIP).

     Some lines drawn at random, and you already start seeing creatures in them, inventing people and a story, like in a dream, or when you look at the clouds. You “romanticize” the chaos… You create life by observing the nothingness, meaning by looking at the meaningless…

     First creatures found from this chaos of chalk drawings : one is a kind of guitarist whithout a guitar, the other, on the top of a mechanical spring, could be a singer. Beginning of a new rock band ?

 

Next picture

Photo © Eric Bourdon

Pareidolia : Trans-form your reality !

Published on 2013-06-06 by Eric Bourdon | Comment
Category(ies) : Drawing, Pareidolia, Photo


pareidolia

 

     Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, The Man in the Moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse. It also makes miracles happen when people think they found the Virgin Mary or Jesus Christ in a piece of toast !

– – – Read more – – –