VOROTRANS ART MOVEMENT HISTORY
I founded a for-profit Offworld Technologies Corporation (nowadays OIFII.ORG) back in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on January 1 of year 1995 with the objective of developing Remote Sensing Artificial Intelligence applications.
I founded a non-profit Human Aware Corporation (nowadays HumanAware.ORG) back in Santa Barbara, California, USA on January 1 of year 2000 with the objective of protecting individuals from Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Armed with 172 .com .net and .org domain names for launching these two organizations back in 2000, I chose not to proceed with the deployment of these 172 websites then. I did not want to have my web sites polluted with ads to finance the free distribution of my digital products.
So, time has passed and the Napster, Piratebay, Google Maps, Google Mail, Google Tube, Google Brain and Facebook (to mention only a few) were born on our planet. All this, during the time I was developing remote sensing, audio and video open source software applications and publishing all of these for free online over the web.
Only in 2017, I realized the technology I had back then can produce great semi-abstract image and video artworks derived from AI and digital content. The Vorotrans Algorithmic Art was born.
Fall 2017, I changed business model, I plan on selling Vorotrans Artworks to fund my AI software development projects at OIFII.ORG and HumanAware.ORG.
VOROTRANS.ORG is now operating from Montreal, Quebec, Canada and uses my OIFII.ORG organization’s satellite imagery software technology to produce, publish and sell Vorotrans Artworks co-created by individuals on the planet.
With VOROTRANS.ORG, I want to redistribute significant royalties to individuals, photographs and publishers involved in the digital images and videos from which Vorotrans Artworks are derived from.
For decades to come, VOROTRANS.ORG wants to secure a significant income for individuals involved in the digital images seeding artificial intelligence algorithms.
Vorotrans Art is in its infancy stage and in future Vorotrans Artwork it may not be possible for individuals, photographs and publishers to recognize their work. But VOROTRANS.ORG will make it as part of its own mission statement to significantly compensate individuals, photographs and publishers.
VOROTRANS.ORG will encourage individuals, unknown to each other around our planet, to collaborate together as well as encourage individuals to respectfully communicate together no matter their culture, belief, race, sexual orientation and state of mind.
ABOUT VOROTRANS ART
In Vorotrans Art, only space partition frontiers are made visible. Such partitioning of the 2-D space is called Voronoi diagram. It is named after the Russian and Ukrainian mathematician Georgy Voronoy. Therefore each Vorotrans still image as well as each Vorotrans video frame is a Voronoi diagram. Vorotrans Art is not purely Algorithmic Art. Vorotrans Art is generated using an algorithm seeded using an image. That seed image emerges through the Voronoi diagram like if the Voronoi diagram was transparent. From which the name Vorotrans Art standing for Voronoi transparent Art.
VOROTRANS ART MANIFESTO
The Vorotrans Art manifesto has been published in multiple languages.
It is available in English at http://oifii.org/ha-org/2017/09/29/the-founding-and-manifesto-of-vorotrans-art/.
It is available in French at http://oifii.org/ha-org/2017/09/30/fondation-et-manifeste-de-lart-vorotrans/.
It is available in Spanish at http://oifii.org/ha-org/2017/10/01/manifiesto-de-arte-vorotrans/.
It is available in Italian at http://oifii.org/ha-org/2017/10/02/manifesto-di-arte-vorotrans/.
It is available in Portuguese at http://oifii.org/ha-org/2017/10/02/manifesto-de-arte-vorotrans/.
It is available in German at http://oifii.org/ha-org/2017/11/11/die-grundung-und-das-manifest-der-vorotrans-kunst/.
There is a raw google translate Polish version that needs revision at http://oifii.org/ha-org/2017/10/04/powstanie-i-manifest-sztuki-vorotrans/.
It is available in Bulgarian at http://oifii.org/ha-org/2017/10/05/%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B0%D0%B2%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B5-%D0%B8-%D0%BC%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%84%D0%B5%D1%81%D1%82-%D0%BD%D0%B0-vorotrans-art/.
It will also soon be available in Traditional Chinese, Arabic and Persian languages. Everyone is welcome to give a hand to translate the Manifesto in as many different languages as possible.
FOUNDING ARTIST’S STATEMENT
I have been introduced to many computer graphics algorithms while studying complex systems and developing visual recognition software. In attempting to automate the interpretation of airborne forest cover images, I have used algorithms to model and to represent forest image textures in the computer. Inspired by some of the geometric data representations used in this science, I have applied these computer graphic algorithms onto common vegetal and animal scenes in order to generate organic Vorotrans computer Art.
In my Vorotrans Art, I want the organic to manifest itself out of the geometric. Natural motions and natural shapes emanates from visual scenes filtered by Voronoi diagrams.
Voronoi diagrams are composed of highly geometric visual objects. Common vegetal and animal scenes are composed of highly organic visual objects. When filtering vegetal and animal scenes with transparent Voronoi diagrams, one gets the fusion between the geometric and the organic, a computer generated semi-abstract art visually captivating to the human eye.
FOUNDING ARTIST’S BIOGRAPHY
Stephane Poirier is a pioneer in Vorotrans Art – art made out of transparent Voronoi diagrams. Poirier currently works as a software developer at OIFII.ORG and he is also OIFII.ORG’s founder. At OIFII.ORG, Voronoi diagrams are used, for individual tree level forest texture recognition out of airborne Lidar data, in order to automate the process of building new forest maps for governments. In 2017, Poirier had the idea to use these Voronoi diagrams combined with a specific algorithm to produce semi-abstract art called Vorotrans Art.
For the years to come, Vorotrans Art installations will be made available to art galleries around the world.
Poirier has held many research positions at Laval University, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Masssachusetts in Boston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Sherbrooke and McGill University. Over the years, Poirier has also held many corporate positions in Quebec and California. He has developed commercial software for EXFO, MATROX, ISERA, CJ and XEROX.