Libraries announces winners for CODE+ART Student visualization contest

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The NCSU Libraries announced the winners of its inaugural Code+Art Student Visualization Contest, sponsored by Christie® Digital Systems. The contest enabled students to develop large-scale, data-driven generative art  for the twenty-foot wide Art Wall and curved iPearl Immersion Theater at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.

Anthony Smith, a senior in Computer Science with a concentration in Game Development, won first prize for his Fractal Forest visualization. Fractal Forest features an interactive planet that develops different types of trees as guests enter the Hunt Library. Anthony Smith hopes that people will have a different experience every time they see my work. Just like nature, it is always changing, so every viewing will be unique. 

The team from WKNC 88.1 FM , NC State's student-run radio station, won second place with their music visualizer of the WKNC internet radio stream. This team consists of Cameren Dolecheck, Harrison Wideman, Neal Grantham, Dylan Stein, and Colin Keesee.

Of their visualizer, the team said, In the wake of many other college radio stations being shut down, we hope to show that [WKNC] brings people together, enough to even make a work of this magnitude. ¦We hope this piece shows how much more goes on with a radio station other than DJing. 

This contest marks the first open call for students to create and showcase data-driven art for the video walls at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. mrnutt, Director of Visualization Services and creator of the Code+Art program says, The video walls were installed to create a dialog with library patrons about the world around them. Code+Art re-envisions the role that data plays in a university setting, turning data into part of our library's aesthetic fabric. 

The winning pieces are on display at the Hunt Library until April 29, 2015. For more information about the exhibit, visit http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/event/christie-codeart-exhibit .