I make visual art from the digital leftovers produced by the main stream media as well as the digital leftovers we create as individuals left behind on social networking sites, and scattered across the web. I write automated computer programs that collect these digital leftovers by scraping them from the web, and remixing them into a digital collage, sometimes these digital leftovers become an image, a video, or text-based poetry. I call this work 'Cruft', which is a computer hacker term defined as an unpleasant substance; excess; superfluous junk; and redundant or superseded computer code.
Since the summer of 2013, the main stream news has been filled with a constant flow of information leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowdon regarding the complete surveillance system created by the National Security Agency with the infrastructure and help of companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple. Together the government and corporations have created an automated system of looking, sharing, and hiding.
Our personal lives and images are looked at by automated machines, shared by computational processes and controlled by hidden algorithms. This machine aesthetic under the control of the corporatocracy influences almost every aspect of society, stripping the population of it's privacy as well as the earth of it's natural resources. I am interested in the governmental goals of total information awareness combined with capitalisms need to consume itself at all cost. My recent work suggests possible dots to be connected, linking this machine aesthetic to our current economic and political crisis, as demonstrated by Obama's automated machines fighting both foreign and domestic drone warfare.