Inspired by Kazimir Malevich’s legendary painting “Black Square” (wiki), Quadratime is an abstract media artwork and experimental time display created by Carrois Type Design. Quadratime explores an alternative perception of time playing with the idea that the impression of time “passing by” is manmade. Quadratime distances itself from a purely linear perception of time and allows the user to perceive time as an area or a picture.
Quadratime translates a static picture into an endless abstract film. Emanating from Kazimir Malevich’s legendary painting “Black Square”, the film generates perpetual movement through a sequence of individual pictures. The degree of abstraction reached by Malevich is brought into the present using technical possibilities. Furthermore, the basic square form corresponds exactly to the smallest digital unit of image representation, the pixel, while the contrast between black and white is a direct translation of the binary foundation of digital technology. Quadratime’s basic time unit is predictable and alike for all people; the day. The black square area represents the duration of one day. All other units result as a division of the basic square into four equal square parts. The white square area denotes the present quarter of the day. In the first quarter of the day the white square is to the upper left, in the second quarter to the upper right, in the third to the lower right and in the fourth quarter of the day to the lower left. Thus a tangible image.
Quadratime’s fractal system is expandable into smaller or larger time periods. Using the iPhone zoom function, the day can be zoomed into or out of. The minimum time period available is 1/1.048.576 of a day, which roughly equates to a second. The maximum time period available for the QT1.0 version is 1.048.576, or about 2873 years. The fictional starting point of Quadratime is at 0.00 (Petrograd time) on the 19th December, 1915, as a reference to Malevich and the time and place of the exhibition opening in which Black Square was first presented.
Quadratime was first presented in 2004 at the “Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie” in Karlsruhe as part of the exhibition “Algorithmic Revolution – on the History of Interactive Art”. There are four differing tailor made special editions of Quadratime and one exclusive edition, that each can only be bought once.
Platform: iPhone/iPad (Universal)
Developer: Carrois Type Design
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Granimator™ A free-form, immersive touch and sound experience that allows you to become the artist using noted designers and artists special ‘design’ packs including signature elements, shapes and backgrounds to play with. Platform: iPad only Version: 1.0 Cost: Free Developer: ustwo™ Chirp Frame Turn your iPad into a simple and elegant twitter picture frame. there are 3 different stylized graphic themes to fit you and your own personal taste (black&white, western and nature). you can also respond to tweets in the app. Platform: iPad only Version: 1.0 Cost: $0.99 Developer: work in progress Touch OSC TouchOSC is an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad application that lets you send and receive Open Sound Control messages over a Wi-Fi network using the UDP protocol. Whilst this does not mean much for many, the usage of this app has no limits. 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It has both square pixels and non-square pixels to replicate the way the C64 and other 8-bit computers really looked on a TV screen. Platform: iPhone/iPad Version: 1.0 Cost: $2.99 Developer: Felt Tip Inc Thicket An audio-visual mix and manipulation of texture, movement, line and tone. by drawing on the screen with your fingers, you create dense, mesmerizing sonic and visual patterns within a space of warm, bright, rhythmic sound design and constantly evolving, bending, elegant scrawls. Platform: iPhone/iPad Version: 1.0 Cost: $2.99 Developer: Interval Studios Inc Kaleidescope X Pad Much more than just a traditional kaleidoscope, this app is a creative tool for producing beautiful moving mirrored images... its literally an interactive work of art. comes standard with all the features you would expect in a digital kaleidoscope, but adds an impressive collection of features incl. a STEREOSCOPIC 3-D mirror and the amazing IMAGE SYNTHESIZER which creates image variations on the fly. Platform: iPad only Version: 1.0 Cost: $0.99 Developer: Gritless Digital Zen Bound 2 Amazing graphics and sound set the atmosphere for this zen inspiring puzzle app. you need to wrap a length of rope around various sized and stylized wooden sculptures. takes full advantage of tilt and multi-touch so you will not only need to use your fingers to wrap and twist the shapes, but also tilt your iPad to solve the puzzles. Platform: iPad only Version: 1.0 Cost: $7.99 Developer: Secret Exit Ltd The Elements: A Visual Exploration This is one of the most amazing digital experiences i have seen. not only an amazing resource to provide context to the periodic table, but, also takes full advantage of the tablet based interface of the iPad. over 500 examples of the chemical elements in virtual form and every one can be spun around a complete circle with the touch of your finger. you can even view them in stereo 3D using glasses available from the publisher. Platform: iPad only Version: 1.0 Cost: $13.99 Developer: Element Collection Depict HD This app was recommended to me by my good friend lopetz at büro destruct. an amazing pixel art game which you draw a picture and others across the internet (via openfeint) try to guess the image or take part and guess yourself. a unique take on pictionary, but with pixels. fantasitic idea and addicting to play. this version for iPad takes it to a whole new level. Platform: iPad/iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $1.99 Developer: Makeshift Games Intellivision This one brings back memories of me playing intellivision at my friends house after school on his families walnut cabinet tv set. the app has a selection of vintage titles for you to take you back in time. the visual design of the app and its various menus is spot on, down to the paddle controller and the pixelated graphics of the games. def one to get for the nostalgic values alone. Platform: iPad only Version: 1.0 Cost: $2.99 Developer: VH1 and MTV Networks TiltShift Generator my favourite photo manipulation app on the face of the earth has now come to the iPad. they have totally reformatted the controls specially for the tablet. amazing photo manipulations to make your photos look like they are shots with miniatures, toy camera images and fake DSLR. just stunning results from this app. Platform: iPad/iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $2.99 Developer: Takayuki Fukatsu & Takuma Mori Noby Noby Boy a fantastic port of the recent iPhone release from Keita Takahashi to the iPad. takes full advantage of the new screen size and has some enhancements as well. you can now paint on the background and save them as well. also, the controls are made much larger and easy for smaller fingers (and kids). just too insane to explain, so go get it! Platform: iPad/iPhone Version: 1.1.0 Cost: $1.99 Developer: NAMCO BANDAI Games IQ mirror X This app is deceptively hard, you need to replicate the randomly created dot pattern displayed in the mirrored pattern below it. use your fingers to change the sizes of the spheres to match the ones above, but, its not that easy, you have a time limit as well. Platform: iPad/iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $2.99 Developer: Studio Loupe Ludo Board Game This board game app is a result of the evolution of the well known ancient game Ludo (Latin: I Play) that we all played as kids. the board game itself has a very simple concept so it is suitable for anyone from 4 to 99 years. you can play solo against the computer intelligence or mix computer vs human to add an extra dimension of challenge. the graphics are elegant and colorful and represent the original with a twist. Platform: iPad Only Version: 1.0 Cost: $3.99 Developer: SIS […]
- rycylinder / ryclock / rydigital [iPhone] Just released is the third clock by Japanese developer Romly, person behind One Rule, minimal game we wrote about back in February. The third clock just released is the latest in the range of absolutely minimal clocks now available for your iPhone and iPod Touch. rydigital ($0.99) is a minute digital clock centered on iphone's screen which you can actually zoom by pinching. ryclock (Free) is an analogue clock offering nothing else but clock needles. The latest release, rycylinder ($0.99) includes hours and minutes layout out on a three dimensional cylinder, rotating round and round. See screens below + romly's blog for more info. AppStore Links: rydigital | ryclock (Free) | […]
- Circlo [iPhone, iPad, Sound] Circlo is an experimental clock with generative ambient music. The soundtrack by Hannu Kuosmanen changes depending on what time of day it is while the circles on the screen pulsate gently. The music is at its calmest around 1 am/pm, and gets more intense until the clock strikes 1 again. Created without any external gfx frameworks or even images, it's all UIKit, Core Graphics, and Core Animation. CocosDenshion was used for playing audio... Design and programming by Johan Halin. Music by Hannu Kuosmanen. Platform: iPhone/iPad (Universal) Version: 1.0 Cost: […]
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