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new from Jonathan Harris: a visual interface for telling the story of a traditional whale hunt by a family of Inupiat Eskimos in Barrow, Alaska.

Jonathan documented the entire experience with a sequence of 3,214 photographs, taken at 5-minute intervals, even while sleeping (using a chronometer), establishing a constant “photographic heartbeat”. in moments of high adrenaline, this photographic heartbeat would quicken (to a maximum rate of 37 pictures in 5 minutes while the first whale was being cut up), mimicking the changing pace of his own heartbeat.

all the pictures can be displayed as a mosaic (all photos simultaneously), a timeline (a medical heartbeat graph whose magnitude at each point corresponds to the photographic frequency) or as a pinwheel (circular timeline). each photo is coded by date, time, cadence (level of excitement), context (where it was taken), concepts (which ideas are represented) & cast (who is pictured).

[link: thewhalehunt.org|thnkx Andrea]

see also humpback whale behavior visualized & whale song wavelets.

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1 COMMENT

astonishing. incredibly effective interface. elegant, functional, new. bravo.
Tod

Thu 25 Mar 2010 at 5:44 PM
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