CRISIS [   ]

AV Artwork

[ Data Visualization ]


Generative artwork that bases its behavior according to the reading of a detailed database on the effects of the coronavirus on exchange rates, obtained from the comparative analysis carried out by the FRED Economic Data | St. Louis Fed, a financial and economic data service of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Luois.

_ This project was supported by the Secretaría de Cultura and the Laboratorio de Tecnologías Compartidas of the CCD [Center for Digital Culture, Mexico] presented as part of the call “Creation of algorithms: visualization and sonification of data.”

Mexico | 08.2020

CRISIS [   ] is an abstract audiovisual composition with harmonic characteristics in which a series of particle systems lead their behavior according to the comparative activity of the main world currencies during the first part of the year, globally affected by the COVID-19 virus pandemic.


This piece is enchanting itself. It shows beautiful organic movements that delight the eye and the ear, but curiosity is awakened when thinking about the bizarre background that they represent. The more dynamic and expressive these movements are, the more unstable the values of the currency they represent. It makes a logical relation of the data that is obtained, illustrating the beauty of a “living” algorithm; and at the same time, an ironic contrast between aesthetic perception and social context when glimpsing the reality of those values.


The development of this composition is a combination of systems. First, the graphics are generated by programming from a vvvv patch in which 2 databases are read:


Reading 1: Effects of coronavirus on exchange rates.
Comparative analysis showing the variations of 6 different exchange rates in relation to the US dollar, focused on the period from January to April 2020.

Source: Coronavirus effects on exchange rates, FRED Economic Data | St. Louis Fed.
Source: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (US)

Reading 2: Exchange rates in relation to the US dollar.
Individual analysis of the exchange rate of 6 nations selected for the economic research Effects of the coronavirus on exchange rates, focused on the period from January to April 2020.

Source: Foreign Exchange Rate
Source: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (US)


The complete system of this generative composition makes an individual visualization of each of the exchange rates and a general visualization that presents the 6 particle systems.

Thus, it is possible to contemplate the particular and general panoramas of the selected economic behaviors placed in a generative audiovisual environment.