When Love Seems Gone

A moving typographic animation using a “code like” text, that gets repeated in a three-dimensional grid system. The offsets of each letter in x, y and z direction is calculated by sine wave modulation and the composition slowly rotates in the z axis. What I get is an ever-moving wave of single letters, that are connected.

Soundtrack When Love Seems Gone by by M.A.R.S.

The development process

First I create a set of characters for the computer to pick from. These images show two test strings in use. A two dimensional grid arrangement of single letters was my goal. Having done that I started adding randomized offsets in the Z axis resultin in those beautiful wavy graphics.


Playfair Random Spread – Is a typography experiment using the delicate path of Claus Eggers Sørensens typeface Playfair Display as a base for further random spread, resulting in an animation, drawn in a HTML5 element This program takes a single capital letter, in the given font, as an input. After analyzing the bounding box of the letter it is centered on the screen. An array of vectors is calculated by tracing the path of the given letter. Each frame of the animation the traced points are spread by a random ammount. If the user presses the correct key an svg image is offered.

Try it yourself


“Hello World”, Spread Faktor: 30

Iterations Alphabet


Bernhard Wolf, Matthias Jäger, Foto: Alexander Krischner

Site specific installation in Graz/Reininghaus (AT) in 2017. By Matthias Jäger and Bernhard Wolf. One frame of the javascript animation for(for(for(you))) was transformed into a mural. We were allowed to paint on the fascade of the Tennenmälzerei, a beautiful building in an abandoned development area in town. Many thanks to Asset One, ASVK and Bundesdenkmalamt Österreich for supporting our ideas. Thanks to L. Rabensteiner, Alexander Krischner, Simon Oberhofer for the photos and to Ochoresotto for the huge video projector. Many thanks to Haus der Architektur and Diagonale for sharing the opening. The installation is accessible to the public and can be visited until summer 2018.


#Particles drop from the top of the screen and #bounce of invisible #flowfields. The traces create beautiful, almost “sketchlike” abstract graphics. Just hit a button and save your file.

This is an interactive HTML5 Browserapp, that allows you to draw amazing graphs. Particles are dropped from the top of the screen and keep falling down until they hit an invisible flowfield. This is an experimental script combining my tests with the Javascript Library P5js, the physics engine Matter.js and some ideas of Daniel Shiffman. Try it out here.

Snowflakes – M.A.R.S.

Watch my Algorithm slowly graph audio data on the canvas, while listening to the calm music of the track Snowflakes, by M.A.R.S. This is not my first creative code project, but definitly the first including music. Since I am more a designer, not a programmer, this was a huge task. I gladly used Javascript and the P5*js libary and rendered my screen to create this video. The Algorithm analyzes the waveform and frequencies of “Snowflakes” and traces all the sounds that occur over time in one pointilist image. M.A.R.S. would kindly let me use his music for this experiment.


Komponente – is a self written software for type design. The base of this concept is a a pixelated font, stored in a flexible Matrix with a fixed height and a variable width. Every single “pixel” represents and instance of a changable component. The software can produce a variety of different designs based on the same rules and will export a vectorized portable document for further editing in a font-design software. The current development is in beta, a full version will be released as a HTML5 browserapp. Say Hello if you want to be informed.

RLE – the run lenght encoding experiment

This is a piece on “Algorithmic Composition”. I deeply got in touch with the RLE – Run length encoding algorithm and could manage to do create a loose bunch of projects, all related to the algorithm. The work stands pretty much for itself, if you want to know more about it you could take a look here oder read the pdf-manual here.


Irrlichter/Ghostlight is based on Will-o’-the-wisp which are soft and illusive light with no determinable source – often over bogs. A series of lamp is used with dmx controled light-dimmers – causing the light to flicker – the flickering again is recorded directly from the lamp and producing a soundscape around them.

Kollaboration: Georg Kettele, Martin Kern

Verstrickungen / Prepletanje

Performance and site specific installation in Gornja Radgona (SLO) / Bad Radkersburg (AT), by Matthias Jäger and Christoph-Matthias Kügler. Entwerfen Spezialisierter Themen 2008, Institute for Contempory Art, TU Graz. Thanks to Hans Kuppelwieser, Ruby Sircar and Nicole Pruckermayer. The project was an artistic confrontation with the “twin city” of Gornja Radgona / Bad Radkersburg and the complete opening of the border in 2007. By working together on a common cause limits disappear and people collaborate. We wanted to involve as many people as possible on both sides of the border, to participate in a joint handwork. Thus, a large number of knitted, square patches of wool were created, knitted by the people from the entire region. These individual parts were combined – also by hand – into a temporary object. Not only the object, but much more the one-week work on in different places in the region was an attempt to connect people in this area and to “entangle cultures”.