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Data Art x ML4W: Data Selfie with BodyPix

 

For my data portrait, I decided to try to visualize all of the places I’ve called home these last 26 years.

I was born in Massachusetts, where I lived for roughly half of my life. Then, in short order, I moved to Toronto, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, and finally back to New York. Some places I lived for years, some for less than two months.

The house where I spent the first 12 years of my life.

The house where I spent the first 12 years of my life.

Me, aged 3, in my first house.

Me, aged 3, in my first house.

First, I created a JSON file of all my permanent addresses and calculated the days I lived there. Then I used p5.js to make a preliminary outline of the time spent in each location.

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I replaced each colored rectangle with a photo of the house it represented. I wanted to represent the transience of these places by adding an interactive element — in order to see photos of the places I lived, the viewer has to walk across the canvas. I achieved this using the BodyPix model that uses tensorflow.js.

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The area of each photo is proportional to the days I spent living there. In later years, the facades all start to morph and blur together.

You can see my full code here.

 
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