Code X

Code X was an online project based on a 60-step algorithm I wrote that fetched the Google news page once a day at one minute after midnight, transformed the text into an image, and then uploaded the image to a website where it could be viewed along with all previously generated images. Although seemingly identical, every image, like a fingerprint, was unique.

A review of Code X by Christian Bök appeared on Harriet, the blog of the Poetry Foundation.

The first version of the program, which produced black-and-white images, ran from April 3, 2006 to June 3, 2007. A revamped version of the program, which produced color images, ran from December 23, 2007 to November 6, 2008. In total, the program generated over 600 images.


Code-X-2008-02-17 (2008). Inkjet on Dibond.