Forma Fluens (Latin for “flowing form”) shows an overlapping collection of drawings made by over a billion people. Each picture is different but all of them together result in a new picture: the corners merge and an iconographic image of the object is created. Can this collection of drawings help us to learn something new about humanity? A similarity of form among the drawings could indicate a similarity in cultural atmosphere, ideals, or the inner feelings expressed in these external forms: individual drawings show how we see the object being represented, how we imagine and remember it.
Forma Fluens by Mauro Martino
With Hendrik Strobelt, Owen Cornec, MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, US
Data by Jonas Jongejan, Google Creative Lab | Quickdraw Dataset, US
This project is co-funded by the European Commission’s DG CONNECT, in the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union under the S+T+ARTS programme’s Regional STARTS Centers.