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Ant Colony Optimization in the City of Chicago


MAY 30 thru JULY 24, 2022

May & June viewing hours:
Monday–Friday: 12–1:30pm, 4:30–10pm
Saturday & Sunday 1-7pm

June 23 viewing hours: 4:30–10pm

July viewing hours to be announced

Ant Colony Optimization in the City of Chicago

Every day we rely on algorithms that solve complex problems and efficiently execute tasks. Some of the real-life examples are optimizing traffic lights or public transport schedules. In this project, data design studio CLEVER°FRANKE created a visual experience showing the multiple levels of decision-making driven by algorithms to showcase how an algorithm works.

CLEVER°FRANKE decides to visualize a complex algorithm that mimics nature and bridges abstract technology and the real world. They chose an Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) algorithm to bring their idea to life. The ACO algorithm imitates the behavior of ants seeking a path between their colony and food sources and is used to solve various optimization problems.

The final result is a digital art installation that visualizes the complexity of a moving Ant Colony that tries to find the shortest route between natural resources, in this case, all the parks in Chicago. To have ants walk the streets of the city, CLEVER°FRANKE created a high-resolution digital map. Using data from OpenStreetMaps, they color-coded places in each individual park or leisure area.

CLEVER°FRANKE’s visualization software ensured Ant Algorithm’s problem fit the layout and size of the 150 Media Stream perfectly and allowed for the different levels of problem-solving to be shown. To handle the incredibly high resolution of the video wall, they wrote custom software to run massive video files in parallel.

Thomas Clever — Creative Direction
Gert Franke — Creative Direction
Wouter van Dijk — Creative Direction
Roel de Jonge — Visual Design
Jonas Groot-Kormelink — Visual Design; Application Design/Architecture
Agathe Lenclen — Application Design/Architecture
Wilco Tomassen — Application Design/Architecture

CLEVERºFRANKE is a world-leading data design and technology studio with offices in Utrecht, Chicago and Dubai. C°F delivers data-driven digital solutions by creating innovative user and customer experiences resulting in interactive dashboards, physical installations, and print work.

Founded in 2008 by Thomas Clever and Gert Franke, the company has collaborated with some of the most innovative companies from across the globe, designing cutting-edge solutions that leverage the power of data and create impact for organizations.

Their work has been exhibited around the world and is part of the collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Currently, the team at CLEVER°FRANKE is working on the world’s first sustainable investment platform; they design and build the Metaverse for Kusama, and they are building a next-generation cyber security platform that visualizes the digital infrastructure and potential intruders. Last but not least, they are visualizing the impact of climate change on the displacement of vulnerable communities in Africa.

Check out their work at

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“Spectrum: Reimagined at 150 Media Stream” features: 
Urban Jazz by @joelhalldc (choreography by @jacquelineasinclair) 
Floral design by @exactlyzac 
Animation ‘Spectrum’ by @georgeberlinart 
Instrumentalists from @mindexchangemusicllc & Harp by @harpistjanelle 

Thank you @chicagoreturns & @150northriverside for the support!
Performing live @150northriverside until 1:30pm today with @joelhalldc, @georgeberlinart & @exactlyzac 🌸💃🎶 Come join us!
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Staging with 🌸 @exactlyzac & 🎼 @harpistjanelle, come see us at 11:30am for live urban jazz dance by @joelhalldc and music by @mindexchangemusicllc 💃 #chicagoreturnsweek @chicagoreturns
Rehearsing with dancers from @joelhalldc against animation by @georgeberlinart 💃 Join us tomorrow from 11:30am - 1:30pm at @150northriverside for their live performance!
🔈Rehearsing with dancers from @joelhalldc & choreographer @jacquelineasinclair alongside beautiful animation by @georgeberlinart 🕊Please join us for a live multimedia performance on Tuesday 5/3 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at 150 N Riverside 🎶💃
Please join us for a multimedia live performance on Tuesday from 11:30am - 1:30pm featuring:
Urban Jazz by Joel Hall Dancers @joelhalldc (choreography by @jacquelineasinclair) 💃 
Floral design by @exactlyzac 🌸 
Animation ‘Spectrum’ by @georgeberlinart 🌈 
Instrumentalists from Mind Exchange Music 🎻 
Poster design by @thenarrativedesign 

Thank you @chicagoreturns & @150northriverside for the support!

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