STUB CRUFT (rush limbaugh redux)
LEAST WHEN PERMITTED
Wednesday June 15 2016
 
 
 
part 1 of 3
 
amazing 

amazing  system now everything now
amazing  system now everything
LEAST
amazing 
amazing 
amazing 
amazing  Orlando LEAST  everything
 
 
 
part 2 of 3
 
they red
red
they red red apparent abiding apparent
they red red apparent abiding
WHEN
they red
they red
they red
they  law WHEN red abiding
 
 
 
part 3 of 3
 
poll stopping
stopping
poll stopping World said acquiring said
poll stopping World said acquiring
PERMITTED
poll stopping
poll stopping
poll stopping
poll  everybody PERMITTED stopping acquiring
 
 
 
 
 


Stub Cruft (rush limbaugh redux)

This algorithm begins by downloading and editing the daily quotes from Rush Limbaugh's talk radio show, and a selection of individual words are composed into the Stub Cruft. A computer synthesised voice gives a daily reading of the Stub Cruft recorded as an MP3 file and documented as a text file and an audio file. The resulting collaborative poem between myself and Rush Limbaugh uses repetition to emphasize the vocabulary used on his radio program, while at the same time the computer voice struggles and sometimes fails to correctly pronounce the words. The resulting poetry fragment then requires the viewer to fill in the gaps to actively complete the overall narrative.

Selections from the Archive

	
STUB CRUFT (rush limbaugh redux)
OBAMA ARTICLEBODY THE
Sunday November 22 2015
 
 
 
part 1 of 3
 
butter allowed
allowed
butter allowed contest unhappy acting unhappy
butter allowed contest unhappy acting
OBAMA
butter allowed
butter allowed
butter allowed
butter  threw OBAMA allowed acting
 
 
 
part 2 of 3
 
headline 

headline   out governed out
headline   out governed
ARTICLEBODY
headline 
headline 
headline 
headline  persuade ARTICLEBODY  governed
 
 
 
part 3 of 3
 
who enabling
enabling
who enabling right listen governed listen
who enabling right listen governed
THE
who enabling
who enabling
who enabling
who  clauses THE enabling governed




	
STUB CRUFT (rush limbaugh redux)
THAT ITSELF GOING
Monday November 15 2010
 
 
 
part 1 of 3
 
caller kidding
kidding
caller kidding not Well allowed Well
caller kidding not Well allowed
THAT
caller kidding
caller kidding
caller kidding
caller  entirely THAT kidding allowed
 
 
 
part 2 of 3
 
Johnny ruling
ruling
Johnny ruling average people dealing people
Johnny ruling average people dealing
ITSELF
Johnny ruling
Johnny ruling
Johnny ruling
Johnny  because ITSELF ruling dealing
 
 
 
part 3 of 3
 
elected calling
calling
elected calling showing sound going sound
elected calling showing sound going
GOING
elected calling
elected calling
elected calling
elected  not GOING calling going




	
STUB CRUFT (rush limbaugh redux)
DEALING BEEN DESPERATELY
Saturday January 04 2014
 
 
 
part 1 of 3
 
would believed
believed
would believed apparatus for doing for
would believed apparatus for doing
DEALING
would believed
would believed
would believed
would  people DEALING believed doing
 
 
 
part 2 of 3
 
metaphoric nothing
nothing
metaphoric nothing sense been thinking been
metaphoric nothing sense been thinking
BEEN
metaphoric nothing
metaphoric nothing
metaphoric nothing
metaphoric  top BEEN nothing thinking
 
 
 
part 3 of 3
 
not wing
wing
not wing big And repealed And
not wing big And repealed
DESPERATELY
not wing
not wing
not wing
not  next DESPERATELY wing repealed



CRUFT: Art from Digital Leftovers

My art practice explores the Internet as source material to be appropriated, taken apart, juxtaposed, and recycled by writing computer code that is automated and runs on a 24/7 schedule producing a form of auto-generated collage I call Cruft. The resulting digital artwork allows me to investigate broader issues of traditional concepts—such as originality, creativity, authorship and eternal value. This work examines the relentless flow of information on the Internet that quickly becomes digital leftovers to reveal a relationship in which we don't simply consume media, but are also consumed by it.

In response to the intense pace and constant change happening online, my art practice also includes a slower and thoughtful method of applying traditional media such as charcoal, paint, wax and ink, to prints of selected Cruft images. These mixed-media images are created over longer periods of time resulting in a meditative process that subverts the goals of speed, spectacle and distraction, offering an opportunity for slower looking and deeper thinking compared to the crushing overload of an endless stream of automated Cruft.

The Internet has the ability to provide freedom by connecting us at great distances, democratizing the world's knowledge, and facilitating disruption and resistance to systems of power. It can also simultaneously provide control by restricting and regulating our thoughts and actions while propagating fear, divisiveness, surveillance and repression. My artwork delves into the very nature of the Internet, pulling at it’s strengths and exposing the flaws, producing what has been coined Post-Internet art, that by definition references the "network" that we all inhabit, and ultimately, it's effects on our society and culture.

My art is a personal inquiry into fundamental questions about our values, ideas, fears and dreams. I am interested in how the humanities and technology shape our individuality and communities, and how the arts and humanities can inspire us to ask who we are and what our lives might mean.

Robert Spahr
Carbondale, IL
September 2019

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