colour code (made in collaboration with anthony sottile) is a digital art program.
It encodes any file into coloured rectangles by converting every 3 bytes of the file into a color and optionally, the 4th byte into a width.
while roaming the sf moma in may of 2017, we came across Gerhard Richter’s 256 Colours - it turns out that he did this first, back in 1974. while this means that we weren’t so clever after all, it’s nice to have validation for our ‘art’ - someone actually did this and it’s actually hanging in the moma ??? not such a bad idea after all, i guess.
find the code and fun examples here on github.
here’s a demo, run on this page (text files don’t generate those nice bright colours):