Jonas Wagner

WORKS – Neonflames

In ALL, WORKS by Alex Pedersen

Jonas Wager is a software engineer who creates unique projects and open source software. In his generative work, Neonflames, users are invited to draw nebulas in their browsers. I spent time playing with Wagner’s interface and felt inspired to create my own interstellar clouds. The results are unique and imaginative.

In his own words, Wagner says:  “I think this is my favorite canvas demo I have created so far. It is an interactive drawing tool based on particle effects. It is the result of me trying to create some generative art using canvas.”

Here’s a screenshot of the user interface.

Jonas Wagner

Users start with eight colours and nine preset controls. Varying controls allow for you to choose from a variety of customizable features to augment colours, intensity, and more. In experimenting with each tool, I created several images (below) to illustrate the available features using different colours and controls. Wagner’s interactive digital artwork is a highly entertaining user interface made for public interaction. Hours can be lost in creating your own universe.

Jonas Wagner

Jonas Wagner

Jonas Wagner

Jonas Wagner

Jonas Wagner

Jonas Wagner

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Alex Pedersen

Alex Pedersen

Alex is a critical scholar and social scientist. During her degrees, Alex recognized a dearth of knowledge transfer between the academy and the general public. To address this gap, she extends her empirical research through multiple mediums including: publications, formal lectures, public speaking events, radio, theatre and photography. In diversifying access to her research, Alex honed a unique set of skills to plan, design and produce events for a wide variety of audiences. To date, she was responsible for several successful lecture series, community events and fundraisers across diverse settings. Most notably, Alex organized and implemented the 2015 Chancellor Dunning Trust Lectureship and was an advisor for the “Free Queen’s” Steering Committee (an initiative encouraging graduates to bring their work to the wider public). In addition, she has written numerous successful grant applications. An activist at heart, Alex advocates for critical thinking in and beyond academic institutions.