14 August 2016

Tasmania's Will Hodgman With Gimp Mathmap - The MC Escher Effect



This graphic was done using the Gimp 'Mathmap' plugin. I've always admired the work of Dutch artist M.C. Escher and the Mathmap plugin achieves some of the amazing perspectives explored by Escher.
The frame held by Premier Will Hodgman contains a Droste-type effect of the original picture made with Mathmap. Surrounded on 4 sides are mirror-like images of the central image done with the Gmic Frame Cube filter. The image is neither pro or anti Will Hodgman. I use politicians because they have recognisable faces. (in Tasmania at least)
Techno stuff.
I converted a Fedora package to the Ubuntu-Mint-Debian format using Alien. The 'Deb' package was uploaded here.
It is the most recent version of Mathmap for Linux.  There are number of dependencies.
My install on Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca went like this:
sudo gdebi mathmap_1.3.5-3_amd64.deb
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/mathmap /usr/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/mathmap    
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/mathmap /home/directory*/.gimp-2.8/plug-ins/mathmap (*make the link as prescribed)
sudo apt-get install libnoise0 libjpeg62 libgsl0ldbl libgsl0-dev
After the 4 dependencies are installed Mathmap worked for me under Gimp>Filters->Generic->MathMap
There are many parameters to explore and Mathmap is available for Windows and Macs.
MC Escher died in 1972 which is not too long before computers gained mainstream acceptance. What could he have done with today's technology?

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