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Chameleon and Enscription
Bill Ralph, Dept. of Mathematics, Brock University

"These two videos are based on a method I developed recently for creating visual transcriptions of abstract sequences of symbols. For these two videos, the data I used consisted of strings of nucleotides in a short DNA sequence. Chameleon was created by combining this data with a constantly rotating colour palette that allows us to view these strings of symbols from a steadily shifting and nonliteral vantage point. Enscription provides a more literal view of the data in the form of a constantly evolving line whose history slowly mutates and is gradually erased. There is no explicit relationship between the DNA sequences and these videos; they have to be understood as abstract impressions of sequential patterns."