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Attrition Cruft (Drone Study #3)

This cruft computer code downloads a recent photo from a webcam somewhere in the American Southwest. The colors are analyized and counted. The machine processes each pixel of the image, looking at the data and making choices based on the algorithm I put into the code. The sunlight somewhere on this unknown location has been captured by a webcam, shared on a network, and processed by my code sitting on a distant server, which sees not a landscape, but data to be processed and manipulated.

The algorithms produce a subtle simplification of the complexity of the original image resulting in a painterly shift of color. The vision of the machine is data consisting of 357,603 pixels represented by hexidecimal numbers.

Attrition Cruft images are studies for the project Machine Vision: Images of Drone Landscapes.

CRUFT: Art from Digital Leftovers

I make work 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.

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 collages called Cruft 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. In another series of recent work, Machine Vision, I recombine footage from surveillance cameras with other media, to explore the relationship between war, surveillance, and automation within an overall machine aesthetic.