Empty Apartments: Technical Notes

UPDATE: Tech problems with the site, so it’s not working quite right. Consider this a glimpse into what is going to launch in just a few days.

This month, the curatorial collaborative project Drift Station, which I’m a part of along with Angeles Cossio, released an online project titled Empty Apartments. We pulled nearly 125,000 photographs of apartments and houses for rent on Craigslist that were completely empty because of a removal service, and presented them as an interactive online exhibition. The project took nearly two years of work, and much of it was manual (Angeles triple-checking every single image by hand to remove ones that included common spaces or non-apartments), but we also used several automated processes and machine learning to sort the photos.

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Average Sunsets

A little project that popped into my head while waking up the other day: average sunsets using images taken on the same day, mined from Flickr.

Collection File App

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A screenshot of a little Processing app for marking objects in photographs. The app saves a “cascade file” for use in training OpenCV. In-progress version is on GitHub.