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Erosion Cruft (Drone Study #1)

This cruft image is created by regularly downloading and processing an image from a webcam located in the American Southwest pointing out into the desert.

I have visited the American Southwest on numerous occasions, but it was my visit in the summer of 2013 that I began thinking about erosion and change on the geological scale, as a metaphor for the change and erosion of middle age. This cycle of change can also be thought of on a much shorter daily cycle of waking and sleeping. This cruft image captures snapshots of the fragile desert landscape, and processes these images in a way that the signifiers and data are the focus just as much as it's references and metaphors. This work is a study into the images of machine vision as a beginning of a way to explore machine aesthetics.

The Erosion 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.