Tree(s) sort(ed)

images sorted by element of nature

Creation of 4 posters and an online publication by Ren Britton, Gijs de Heij, Guillaume Slizewicz and An Mertens, as an experiment in the framework of the FRART research trajectory.

On show in the exhibition in ESA Saint-Luc Bruxelles, Jan 2022; during study day on ‘Hybrider
le sensible et les savoirs
‘ in ESA La Cambre, Brussels, April 2022.

The generator of these posters and online publication is the tree sort algorithm, the subject are all the trees, algorithmic exercises and human beings involved in the residency of Anaïs Berck at the Villa Empain and ESA Saint-Luc Bruxelles in October 2021. The images and texts are sorted following different criteria: time, colour and the natural element in the alt-text description of the images. 

Tree sort or binary search tree allows for fast lookup, addition, and removal of data items, and can be used to implement dynamic sets and lookup tables. The basic operations include: search, traversal, insert and delete. They are used in relational databases, data compression code, in Unix kernels for managing a set of virtual memory areas, and more. The binary search tree algorithm was discovered independently by several researchers, including P.F. Windley, Andrew Donald Booth (UK), Andrew Colin (UK), Thomas N. Hibbard (US), and attributed to Conway Berners-Lee (UK) and David Wheeler (UK), in 1960 for storing labelled data in magnetic tapes.

Trees: beeches, oaks, maples, chestnuts in Bois de la Cambre/Ter Kameren Bos and Sonian Forest

License: Collective Conditions for (re-)use (CC4r), Jan 2022


With the support of FRArt.

Thanks to: Danielle Lenaerts, Mark Streker