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Thesis: Final Concept and Installation

April 25, 2009

Concept:
Poetical Crisis is a screen based art installation that uses live online news feeds, data processing, and typographic visual imagery to combine Fine Arts with computation in a gallery piece focused on crisis news media.

I have created a real time art piece that can be portable for a gallery or exhibition space. It lives on internet connection to RSS data feeds which it scrapes to display changing visuals. It will reveal contemporary society’s complex manifestation of crisis, as it stands at the forefront of our consciousness, due to the immediacy of news and prevalence of media sensationalism and hype.

Abstract:
Poetical Crisis speaks to contemporary society and the conditions we live in. The complex manifestation of crisis is revealed as it stands at the forefront of our consciousness due to the immediacy of news and the prevalence of media sensationalism and hype. Over time, the media’s exposure of crisis of seen through the production of salient and contextual words resonating with these issues. News media data is searched and processed to unfold the complexity of the crisis phenomenon through art and visual poetry focusing on the power of shortened language and typographic visualization. With the idea that the replication of certain words generates rather than reflects a situation, language is used as a filter through which we perceive and condition the world.

Initial design questions:

  • Is there any area of human activity not currently in Crisis?
  • How do certain words replicate to such an extent that they generate rather than reflect a situation?
  • How do we use language as a filter through which we perceive and condition the world?

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