Kim Asendorf

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Highly creative computer artist Kim Asendorf put together a collection of images called “Mountain Tour”, one of the first noticeable examples employing a pixel sorting technique. Today, he has released the Processing code for anyone to use or build something new with. Already, there is a javascript version posted on Github.

Above are a few output examples I got with it as it is – you will need to download Processing and have some familiarity with code in the sense of knowing what goes where, but if you are inclined, it’s worth the time for creative experimentation.
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Kim Asendorf is a conceptual artist working with digital media incorporating Internet culture and technology. His work ranges from online projects and performances to visual art and installations. He is widely know for the invention of Pixel Sorting, an image altering algorithm he made Open Source, the creation of file formats as work of art or The First Animated GIF Send Into Deep Space. Kim’s works has been shown at festivals and institutions like Transmediale, ZKM Karlsruhe, Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, NCCA Yekaterinburg, Eyebeam, NIMK, LEAP or the Overlapping Biennial Bucharest and at galleries and fairs like Unpainted (Munich), Moving Image Contemporary Art Fair (London), Creation Gallery G8 (Tokyo), Carroll / Fletcher (London), KM Temporaer (Berlin), XPO Gallery (Paris) or The Photographers’ Gallery (London) and got honorary mentions and created controversial discussions on major blogs, media and art magazines or television. He currently lives and works in Berlin and is represented by DAM Gallery.
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Described by artist Kim Asendorf as “pixel sorting: a trip to the mountains in my head,” this collection of glitched out mountains easily caught my eye. Kim is like a master of glitch art, taking found images or video and distorting them to his own whims. Some are weird, some are ugly but I’d say they’re always interesting. And that’s why I think these mountain images are so great, because there’s an inherit beauty in something like a scenic mountain photo that still somehow transfers to his glitched versions.

While rooting around his website I also came across this video he did for a.d.l.r., who is on the label of my friends at Non Projects. While the images above are really beautiful it’s even more cool to see what he does when the images are moving. The video is “just” a space ship taking off but it’s crazy how much he can abstract the footage and make something new out of it. It’s all about the subtle details in a piece like this. Definitely watch this full screen.