Thursday, January 26, 2006

Listening Post

As shown in my video and multimedia installation class by Rebecca Dolan. It saddens me not to have seen a piece like this in person, though the documentation isn't bad. (part 3 is something to see/hear as well)
We will be using the same software (max/msp, of which I currently know nothing about) to create our own installations around campus.

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Dec. 17th, 2002 - Mar. 9th, 2003

Listening Post is an art installation that culls text fragments in real time from thousands of unrestricted Internet chat rooms, bulletin boards and other public forums. The texts are read (or sung) by a voice synthesizer, and simultaneously displayed across a suspended grid of more than two hundred small electronic screens.

Listening Post cycles through a series of six movements, each a different arrangement of visual, aural, and musical elements, each with it's own data processing logic.

Dissociating the communication from its conventional on-screen presence, Listening Post is a visual and sonic response to the content, magnitude, and immediacy of virtual communication.

Ben Ruben.
Mark Hanson.

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