“Stendhal” is a data-art piece that smells like an old book. It embodies the feeble balance of rigidity and instability Julien Sorel - the main character from “Le Rouge et le Noir” - is going through: oscillating between hope and despair, living a fulfilled romantic passion while flouting the rules, extricating himself from his modest condition and defying the dominant classism of the time.
The winding geometry’s angle and its base ascent are respectively driven by sampling a sentence from the book and by performing a sentiment analysis on it.
“Stendhal” is built on top of the Canvas API with the visual programming tool Nodes.
Damien Seguin - London, February 2022