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Mire - Created by automated computer programs. Source: Aljazeera.net & Whitehouse.gov.
Tenet - Created by automated computer programs. Source: Catholic.org & Biblegateway.com.
Wanton - Created by automated computer programs. Source: Navy.mil & Aroms.com.
TwentyFour - Created by automated computer programs. Source: CNN.com.
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Guns - Created by automated computer programs. Source: Budsgunshop.com.
Prolefeed - Created by automated computer programs. Source: DOD.mil.
Trough - Created by automated computer programs. Source: VH1.com & Pornhub.com.
Crayon - Created by automated computer programs. Source: Asharq-e.com & Crayola™ colors.
Babylon - Created by automated computer programs. Source: AF.mil & Pornstardevil.com.

Creative Research

My art practice reflects on our relationship to media technologies, especially surveillance and mind control, and in the process contemplates what a post-human art may look like. Organized under the umbrella concept of Cruft, I take apart, juxtapose, recycle, and interrupt the relentless flow of media to reveal a relationship in which we don't simply consume media, but are also consumed by it.

Digital Leftovers
On the morning of September 11th, 2001, technology, warfare and the visual collide. I was in lower Manhattan, as I saw a small cloud of smoke rising above the towers. I was oblivious that two passenger planes were being subverted into missiles. I was experiencing warfare and terrorism and at the time I simply wondered if I would be late for work. The media showed images of the planes impact, and the buildings collapse in a repetitive loop. Our screens had become weapons of terror. The system of representation was hacked, much like the planes and through this spectacle we were forced to relive the moment in a never ending present. The main stream media controlled the message and the United States was going to go to war. It was these events, and my questioning of what happened to the images once they became digital leftovers that lead me to the making of digital collages I call Cruft, which are created by scraping the web using computational algorithms that remix mainstream media sites like CNN with social networks of individuals, and reproduce, in mimicry of the 24/7 media cycle, the narrow choices permitted in public discourse.

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About Me

I make visual art that spans computational art, performance, installation, painting and object-making, using collage, remix, automation, indeterminacy, and randomness to bear upon the computer and the Internet as machines that regulate and restrict just as much as they can be used to disrupt and resist dominant codes of seeing and being.

Recent exhibits include the Generative Art International Conference, Rome, Italy 2013; PRISM Breakup @ Eyebeam, NYC 2013, ReFest / Art+Tech Festival 2013, organized by CultureHub at La Mama, NYC 2013; Neuromast: Certain Uncertainty and Contemporary Art, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT 2013; Interrupt II Festival and Conference - Brown University, Providence RI 2012; cgiv2011, Digital Art Gallery, Computer Graphics, Imaging and Visualization, Singapore, 2011; DRHA 2010 Conference: Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts, London, England, 2010.

I am currently an Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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