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Lifejacket Cruft (Prospero's Prism)

This cruft image is created using a sequence of images captured from a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera positioned in a barn looking at cattle. An image is collected from the United States Air Force website, and with the images from the farm, an animated composite is made.

But how is it
That this lives in thy mind? What seest thou else
In the dark backward and abysm of time?
If thou remember'st aught ere thou camest here,
How thou camest here thou mayst.

Prospero, scene ii

— Shakespeare, William. The Tempest. Retrieved July 30, 2013, from http://shakespeare.mit.edu/tempest/full.html

Further Resources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRISM_(surveillance_program)

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.