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New book on the project “Phenotypes”


The book to match the successful art installation “Phenotypes / Limited Forms” has finally arrived! Armin Linke and Peter Hanappe, together with designer Laure Giletti, analyze the more than 28000 photo books that have been created with the interactive installation to make sense of this large quantity of data.

The artwork, which traveled through Europe and Brazil over the past 10 years, allows visitors to select eight prints from Armin’s photo archive and create their own paper booklet on the spot. Using RFID technology, the selection of photos of each visitor together with the title they gave to their booklet is recorded and stored for further analysis. We developed several techniques to navigate this database using among other sequence probability (Markov), color similarity, and title probability. The results are presented and explained in this unique book, along-side introductory texts by Peter Weibel, Vittorio Loreto, Doreen Mende, Wilfired Kuhn, and Estelle Blaschke.