James Pricer

About the Artist

Pricer has spent his life creating innovations that disrupt stagnation. The decision to use data as an art medium is a continuation of that project. His process begins with the search for intriguing human data, which he then mines for patterns and outliers that excite his aesthetic sensibilities. Using generative software he transforms the chosen data into visuals, setting up subtle parameters, layers, and trajectories that serve his conceptual goals. Once his algorithms are applied the data take charge of the animation, color choices, camera angles, perspectives, and more. As the artist he chooses the conceptual play, but the data are the actors freely interpreting and performing. The art prints cut from his videos capture catalytic instances; they are meant to stimulate curiosity about the action that created them.  His website is at https://jepricer.com.

the Process

To develop his data art, Pricer begins by extracting data from personal sources, such as mobile phones, DNA, web logs, activity logs, health monitors, government or company data.

These data are loaded into a database where he performs various statistical analyses in order to get a sense of the data, their sizes, averages, variances, minimum and maximum values, etc.  Next, he performs data mining to discover patterns in the data.  Some of the data mining is very simple, just a small extension of the statistics.  In contrast, some of the data mining involves inventing complex pattern recognition algorithms.  The resulting patterns are used as parameters for algorithms in visualization software.

These mined data are read into a graphics processing language.  The first pass of the data are read into some simple algorithms just to get an idea of what the data look like graphically.  More complex algorithms are developed as the data create colors, shapes, screen locations, and camera angles.  He does program graphical shapes and animation, but ultimately, the work is driven by the data of human life.  The final step in the programming is to create a movie from the individual video frames.

Pricer adds an audio component to complement and create further forms for the animation.  Sometimes he creates sound patterns to augment the visual patterns.  Other times he uses music from collaborators.

Some of his work uses the video as final assembly and some of it relies heavily on video effects that can be done in software such as After Effects and Final Cut Pro.  He is not dogmatic about this.  He does not care what the percentage is.  It is all about what he needs to do to first, communicate the sentience of the data, and two, create an aesthetic that fits his vision.  He tries to not get tied up in the purist view.  He is all about using a computer to enhance his own and his viewer’s aesthetic.  As we approach The Singularity, he does not make the machine/human distinctions that other artists do.

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Academic and Professional

Pricer’s academic background was in clinical psychology, philosophy, and mergers and acquisitions.

He has worked as a Data Architect, Data Miner, and Data Scientist – his job was to invent pattern recognition data architectures and algorithms for private and government clients.  He has analyzed human behavior in all its forms from shopping habits to terrorists communications.  The data have come from marketing, finance, weblogs, and many other sources.  He looked for patterns in human behavior, from data rich sources such as crimes, purchases, self tracking, DNA, web activity, and many others.

The requirements of his consulting work necessitated art as well as science, so in that sense he has always been a data artist.  His main area of expertise was helping to design and build the technical infrastructure necessary for a company to change how its industry worked.  This required a vision of the future industry and data architecture as well as inventing new data mining methods, so this is about art and science.  Part of art is about revealing ways of looking at the world that has not been done previously.  In order to stay ahead of an industry, change how an industry works, or understanding human behavior you have to create a new vision, just as an artist does.

Patents and Awards

  • Award for innovative treatment for autistic and schizophrenic adolescents as Director, Intensive Care Unit, psychiatric facility.
  • Invented real-time mergers and acquisition process and software.
  • Teradata R&D Eureka Award for data architecture invention.
  • Six patents for data mining big data methods.
  • Google Big Data Hadoop and MapReduce based on 1st patent
  • Ten+ patents listing my work as prior art.
  • Commissioned fMRI portrait to be part of an experimental film for the Bronx Biennial.
Videos from the July 2018 Show

All video are delivered via download with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist and the gallery. The watermark will be removed upon purchase.

 

DNA JEP #3:  Artist self portrait.  This video has been shown in the Stedelijk Museum, Breda, The Netherlands. Dimensions:  1920 X 1080 (HD), 140 megabytes, 1 minute 50 seconds.  (click image to see video)

 

 

Crime #6:  The data driving this video come from daily police reports for Austin, TX for the year 2012.  Dimensions:  1920 X 1080 (HD), 227 megabytes, 1 minute 46 seconds. (click image to see video) 

 

 

DNA Portrait:  Mother and Daughter: This video was created using the DNA data from a mother and her daughter.  Dimensions:  3840 X 2160 (UHD), 877 megabytes, 3 minute 57 seconds.  (click image to see video)

 

 

V1:  This video is a mashup of photography and data art.  Dimensions:  2560 X 1440 (UHD), 202 megabytes, 3 minute 54 seconds.  (click image to see video)

Prints from the July 2018 Show

All prints are delivered with your choice of paper and size, and signed by the artist and the gallery. The watermark will be removed upon purchase.

 

DNA JEP #3, Print 1:  This print is from the video DNA JEP #3 shown in the Video Tab above.  (click image to see larger)

 

SETI, Print 1:This print was creating using data from the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) website.  The data are radio waves being sent from another galaxy from another earth-like object.  SETI asks the question, “Is this data, which seems to be organized, being sent by some intelligent source?”   (click image to see larger)

 

DNA Portrait:  Mother and Daughter, Print 1:  This video was created using the DNA data from a mother and her daughter.  (click image to see larger) 

 

DNA Portrait:  Mother and Daughter, Print 2:  This video was created using the DNA data from a mother and her daughter.  (click image to see larger)

 

V1, Print 1:  This video is a frame from the video V1 in the Video tab above.  (click image to see larger) 

 

V1, Print 2:  This video is a frame from the video V1 in the Video tab above.  (click image to see larger)

Video from the September 2018 Show

All videos are delivered via download with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist and the gallery. The watermark will be removed upon purchase.

 

 

Human Connectome II: This video is an abstraction of human thought.  Dimensions:  3840 X 2160 (UHD), 385 megabytes, 3 minutes 22 seconds.  (click image to see video) 

 

Print from the September 2018 Show

All prints are delivered with your choice of paper and size, and signed by the artist and the gallery. The watermark will be removed upon purchase.

 

 

Human Connectome II, Print 1:This print is from the video Human Connectome II shown in the Video Tab above.  (click image to see larger)

 

 

Videos from the November 2018 Show

All videos are delivered via download with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist and the gallery. The watermark will be removed upon purchase.

 

 

Artcast: This video uses DNA from multiple family, friends, and strangers.  Dimensions:  1920X1080 (HD), 1.25 gigabytes, 57 minutes 13 seconds.  (click image to see video)

 

Self Portrait 11 Data Sources: This video uses data from multiple sources, including DNA, MRI, microbiome, GSR, tracking, etc.  Dimensions:  2560X1440 (UHD), 654 megabytes, 8 minutes 39 seconds.  (click image to see video)

 

New Worlds 2018:  This video uses data from the PanSTARRS1 telescope in Hawaii.  Dimensions:  2560X1440 (UHD), 1.02 gigabytes, 10 minutes 38 seconds.  Note:  the audio does NOT come with the video.  (click image to see video)

 

 

Prints from the November 2018 Show

All prints are delivered with your choice of paper and size, and signed by the artist and the gallery. The watermark will be removed upon purchase.

 

 

DNA Architecture Square BandW:  This print uses DNA data from multiple friends, family, and strangers.  (click image to see larger)

 

EAST2018 Crime 2 Print 1:  This print uses data from the Austin, TX police crime database.  (click image to see larger) 

 

EAST2018 Crime 2 Print 4:  This print uses data from the Austin, TX police crime database.  (click image to see larger) 

HwHR Print 8:  This print uses data from the Healing with Horses Ranch volunteers.  (click image to see larger) 

 

Colored Bridge Overlay Print 1:  This print uses data from the ‘Self Portrait 11 Data Sources’ video.  (click image to see larger)

 

Colored Bridge Overlay Print 2: This print uses data from the ‘Self Portrait 11 Data Sources’ video.  (click image to see larger)

 

Critters Freeze Frame:  This print uses data from the Austin, TX 311 database.  (click image to see larger)

 

V1 Print3:  This print uses data from the ‘V1’ movie.  (click image to see larger)

Swirl Light:  This print uses unknown data.  (click image to see larger) 

 

DNA JEP Revisited Print 2:  This print is a frame from the remake of the ‘DNA JEP #3’ video.  (click image to see larger) 

 

GSR JEP Print 3:  This print is a frame from the remake of the ‘DNA JEP #3’ video.  (click image to see larger) 

 

 

LIGO-SETI Print 4:  This print is a frame from an unpublished video using LIGO and SETI data.  (click image to see larger) 

 

New Worlds 2018 Print 2:  This print is a frame from the New Worlds 2018 video.  (click image to see larger) 

 

New Worlds 2018 Print 1:  This print is a frame from the New Worlds 2018 video.  (click image to see larger)  

 

New Worlds 2018 Print 3:  This print is a frame from the New Worlds 2018 video.  (click image to see larger)  

 

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We appreciate your interest in James Pricer’s artwork.  Please contact the gallery to start a conversation.

email:  Julia.Morton@GenerativeArtProject.com

phone: +1 917.523.1512

Regards,

Julia Morton