This cruft algorithm captures a sample of the sky over Southern Ohio. This is accomplished by downloading a still image from a webcam once every hour. A small section of the sky is selected from the image and pasted into a grid containing 23 previous samples. The tiles are arranged from left to right, and top to bottom with the most recent sample in the upper left hand corner, while the oldest sample is in the lower right hand corner. A complete 24 hour period is presented displaying simultaneous snapshots.
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.
Webcam view of the skies of Southern Ohio.