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Premise Cruft

This cruft algorithm extracts images from the CNN home page once every eight hours. The headline text is parsed, and the images from this page are then manipulated, enlarged, cropped and turned into grayscale. The text is then pasted into the red fields generating the final image. Viewing the archive one can see the limited range of changing news stories, seeing clearly where CNN wants us to focus our thinking. Just like the magician's misdirection, we focus on one hand, so we are no longer thinking about what the other hand is doing.

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.