Sift Cruft (after snowden)
This cruft images is created using a sequence of images captured from closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras watching commuters cross the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The algorithm searches for an area of suspicion, which is then highlighted by a white circle. These images are collected morning and evening, at the times most suspicious activity occurs.
Report Suspicious Activity: Stay alert. Be aware. Speak up
At The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, your safety is our top priority.
We've added new state-of-the-art camera and surveillance equipment and installed specialized detection and emergency notification systems. We have one of the largest law enforcement canine units in the U.S. We're continually gathering intelligence from multiple sources, and work closely with our regional transportation partners and law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels.
Remember, if you see suspicious activity or packages while you're traveling through Port Authority facilities, pick up the phone and report it. It's our job to check it out and to keep you safe! Stay alert. Be aware. Speak up.
Report suspicious activity by calling the Port Authority Police at 800-828-PAPD (7273). You can download the 800# from your mobile device using the smartphone application available above.
— Report Suspicious Activity. (n.d.). In, The Port Authority of NY & NJ. Retrieved July 22, 2013, from http://www.panynj.gov/police/report-suspicious-activity.html
CRUFT: Art from Digital Leftovers
My work includes traditional art practices in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Recent work includes generative art, performance, installation, and network based art. My arts practice explores the Internet not just as a distribution platform but 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. Computer code is automated and runs on a server which at specified times goes out to the Internet and scrapes source material from the web to then produce a form of digital collage. Each auto-generated Cruft is the digital residue created from the information flowing through the Internet at that moment. This work is then automatically uploaded to my web site for distribution to the viewing public. My work on Cruft has encouraged me to think about the nature of the unique art object and it’s dematerialization, from atoms to bits, allowing for potentially infinite copies.
Misdirection as Mass Deception
Like the magician performing sleight-of-hand to deceive and misdirect the eye, those in power tell us where to look and what to think. The mass media provides the stage where the deception unfolds focusing public attention with emotion and fear. Having been in lower Manhattan on September 11th 2001, I experienced first hand the collision of terrorism and warfare into the visual, resulting in our network connected screens compressing the time between living and documenting an event. The media showed images of the planes impact and the buildings collapse in a repetitive loop. Our screens became weapons of terror, the system of representation was hijacked and we were forced to relive those terrifying moments by viewing images presented as a never ending present. In 2003, as the United States invaded Iraq, I began to notice how the media presented images that contributed to fear and consensus, and as the images disappeared from view, I wondered what became of these digital leftovers and I then started creating auto-generated Cruft.