Tibi Chelcea

One Second (Tweeted)

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“One Second (Twitted)” is net-based project which stretches one second long piece of computation to more than a millennium. In more detail, the project tweets all Intel assembly instructions executed in one second on a Windows PC. Approximately 433 million assembly instructions were collected while running ‘ffmpeg‘ to extract the video frames used in the Origins project. It just happened that the total running time for the application was one second on a Windows 8.1 machine, running on an Intel Core i7-4510U CPU @ 2.00GHz, with 16GB of RAM. The…read more

Origins

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The “Origins” lithograph series is based on the frames of a one second VHS video. Its creation process hints at how each frame was originally just a set of electronic signals on a circuit board. For each print, a video frame is first half-toned. Separately, the letterpress-printed shape of an actual VHS circuit board is scanned and a mask is created out of it. Finally, this mask is applied to each half-toned image to create the print. These prints match exactly the size of the main circuit board from an…read more

Movement

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The “Movement” series turns the frames of a one second of digital video into 24 lithographs. A half-tone pattern is applied to each frame. However, the orientation of the pattern moves clockwise (thus the name) from one print to another, thus hinting at the passage of time happening between successive frames. These prints are the size of a laptop screen (9.25×15”), the most common medium for viewing videos today. The following two animated GIF’s visualize the succession of prints in the series, first the whole prints, and then a smaller, enhanced-detail one, which shows…read more

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Circuits

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These works are inspired by the shapes and forms found in electronic design, as well as by the shapes and functionality of circuit boards. As a starting point for most of the works, I use electronic boards from discarded electronic products, plentiful in our garbage dumps. These discarded boards may get placed in settings inspired by classical portrait engravings and illuminated manuscripts, become paper doll costumes or are used in thermal tests, or become a platform for discovering the line of separation between analog and digital. Drift These works are inspired by…read more

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Ripples

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This collaborative project is inspired by the way internet memes start with a simple image (or video, or some other visual unit) that is then remixed by a lot of people who are spread out geographically. The project tries to capture this diffuse, spread out authorship. The twist here, though, is that the “remixes” are based on an analog image printed from a woodcut — probably the oldest method of producing multiples. The original image, entitled “Calm Waters”, was part of a print exchange between Platetone Printshop from Nashville, TN…read more

Bio

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Tiberiu Chelcea’s work takes elements and processes of traditional printmaking and combines them with parts and operations of digital technologies. His work demonstrates unexpected correlations between old and new technologies, and issues of consumption, serial design, automated vs labor-intensive processes, are brought to the fore. Mr. Chelcea was born in Romania and came to United States to pursue a PhD in Computer Science. He has received several awards, fellowships and patents in the field of electronic and digital design, which continues to be a major source of inspiration for his…read more

Maps

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The starting point for these maps is found in the shapes and contours of printed circuit boards and other electronic components; by adding a topographic layer on top of them, they are transformed into maps. These electronic components can become topological maps, detailed city plans, sky maps, or nighttime satellite views; the transformation process consists of selecting and enlarging relevant details, letterpress printing entire circuit boards, and finalizing the map with drawing or painting. In the process, these works blur the boundaries between the man-made and the natural, reimagining the…read more

CV

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  Solo Exhibitions 2018 “Circuit Floorplan”, Times Club Gallery, Iowa City, IA 2017 “Uncertainty: Locations and Velocities”, The Gallery at Elings-Wood Center for Art&Design, Grand View University, Des Moines, IA   “PCB Drawings”, Little Woods Gallery, Ames, IA 2016 “A Convenient Workout”, Preus Gallery, Luther College, Decorah, IA   “Nanogeography”, Constance Gallery, Graceland University, Lemoni, IA   “Bounding Lines”, Memorial Union, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 2015 “Scientific Writing”, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA   “Open Circuits”, James Wegner Art Gallery, Riverland Community College, Austin, MN   ““Illuminated…read more

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SR Latches

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Strictly speaking, this is a single work (an illuminated manuscript) in 15 parts (or pages). The text in this work comes from an electronic design paper presented at a scientific conference a few years back.; this article is copied by hand and illuminated in the tradition of medieval illuminated manuscripts. My impulse for making this work deals with a simple question. The number of science articles has exploded recently, but, out of all these articles, how many are consequential? Should this particular article, not well cited or followed up on,…read more