Catherine Ulisky has painted the connections between the European starlings in these photographs to show the entire flock as one faceted geometric shape.
Ulisky on her work:
My work presents and explores aspects of our surroundings in ways that are new to me, yet faithful to what exists in nature. Carefully observing natural phenomena reminds me constantly of the limitless complexity and wonder of the world we inhabit. It is an exciting, reciprocal process that continually reinvigorates my own appreciation for what is around me.
Echolalia - Each node in the network represents a syllable in the song of a particular zebra finch. The current syllable glows orange and the red edges connect it to possible next syllables. Edge widths are drawn proportional to the probability of jumping to a given syllable. Since the likelihood of switching from a given syllable to any other are known, the bird’s song can be simulated by stochastically choosing a path through the syllables based on these probabilities. As the song progresses a colored square is drawn in the bottom portion of the display. Colors are mapped to syllables arbitrarily in order to show the patterns of syllable progression that occur.
The birds This A2 poster was designed in association with BirdLife International to raise awareness of the 52 UK birds on the endangered red list. Each of the 52 birds used to create the letterforms are numbered for identification.