Lucia Dossin

Excelfie

Excelfie - screenshot
Excelfie - screenshot

Excelfie is a recently started experiment, where an excel file is used in a new context. It is a simple idea, both conceptually (populate a spreadsheet with numbers that do not actually mean anything but simply perform a graphical representation) and technically:

  1. 1. take a selfie snapshot
  2. 2. read each pixel's intensity value (how dark/light it is) from the selfie file
  3. 3. convert this value into a character (according to the set of characters that you want to use)
  4. 4. place these characters inside an excel file, each in the corresponding cell, using the image file structure (number of rows and columns) as reference.

Voilà, you have an excelfie!

My original wish was to use only numbers (and the empty cell) but most numbers do not represent the variations in the gray scale so well as other characters, so I am using a mix of numbers and signs such as #, % and +.

You are welcome to download the file. Despite the name and extesion, the file can also be opened using Open Office and Libre Office. ;)

For the time being, that's all this project is about - but I am willing to explore this idea a bit further.

Excelfie Derivations

Derivation #1

Performance/installation where selfies are typed out using a typewriter.

Excelfie - Derivation #1
Excelfie - Derivation #1
Excelfie - Derivation #1
Excelfie - Derivation #1

Featured at the Post-Digital Publishing Archive.

Performed at Zine Camp 2017 - WORM/UBIK Rotterdam November 11 & 12.

Images Zine Camp 2017
Photo: Mihai Gui
Photo: Silvio Lorusso
Photo: Silvio Lorusso
Photo: Silvio Lorusso
Photo: Silvio Lorusso