PDA
Wireless
Nomads
Video
Essays
     
(re)distributions is an exhibit exploring the expressive potential of Handheld Computing (PDAs), Information Appliances like Pagers and Cellular Phones, as well as Nomadic technologices like Empedded Processing and Distributed Systems.
John Simon
Every Icon for PalmOS (website link)

Every Icon progresses by counting. Starting with an image where every grid element is white, the software displays combinations of black and white elements, proceeding toward an image where every element is black. In contrast to presenting
a single image as an intentional sign, Every Icon presents all possibilities.

The grid contains all possible images. Any change in the starting conditions, such as the size of the grid or the color of the element, determines an entirely different set of possible images. When Every Icon begins, the image changes rapidly. Yet the progression of the elements across the grid seems to take longer and longer. How long until recognizable images appear? Try several hundred trillion years. The total number of black and white icons in a 32 X 32 grid is: 1.8 X 10308(a billion is 109). Though, for example, at a rate of 100 icons per second (on a typical desktop computer), it will take only 1.36 years to display all variations of the first line of the grid, the second line takes an exponentially longer 5.85 billion years to complete.

While Every Icon is resolved conceptually, it is unresolvable in practice. In some ways the theoretical possibilities outdistance the time scales of both evolution and imagination. It posits a representational system where computational promise is intricately linked to extraordinary duration and momentary sensation.

Bio
John F. Simon, Jr.
Born 1963, Louisiana
Lives and works in New York City.

Represented by Sandra Gering Gallery – www.gerringgallery.com

His original software programs are displayed on wall-mounted screens that he designs and builds with repurposed Apple Powerbooks. The compositions on the screens never repeat and explore the space of color and compositional possibility.

John Simon's software panel works have been collected by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.

To see/obtain Every Icon, visit the artist's website You will need the Cortona VRML Player for Pocket PC.
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