Nathan Selikoff

Artist and Programmer
Orlando, Florida, USA

I play with interactivity and motion in time and space: in the colorful swirls of abstract, mathematically generated forms; in the whimsical dancing of a giant cardboard marionette; and in the mysterious movement of light across musical performers.

Inspired by the behavior of systems, science, nature, and music, I combine computer code, traditional materials, and future technology to bring new ideas to life. As people of all ages interact with my art, I hope they experience the same curiosity and wonder that I do during the creative process.

Searching for the Flow of the Tropical City
Searching for the Flow of the Tropical City
38 x 23 x 23 cm
Computer, screen

Created during a residency with the Transit Interpretation Project (TrIP), this seamlessly looping video installation animates buses according to their schedule, as small blue and red circles with fading trails, in a sped up 24 hour cycle typical of a weekday here in Central Florida.

The title is a play off of Richard Reep’s excellent TrIP post, Searching for the soul of the tropical city, where he writes about LYNX Central Station, “The heartchamber of the city, the place where all the blood condenses and is forced through valves into the arteries and veins of the town.”

There’s also a tie-in to duplex ultrasonography, a form of medical imaging which I have recently encountered due to some family medical issues. “Grayscale Ultrasound [is used] to visualize the structure or architecture of the body part… Color-doppler Ultrasound to visualize the flow or movement of a structure, typically… to image blood within an artery… Both displays are presented on the same screen (‘duplex’) to facilitate interpretation.” The outgoing buses are colored red, as if they were the oxygenated blood in the arteries, and the incoming buses are colored blue, as if they were the oxygen-poor blood coming back to the heart via the veins.