A collection of artists, musicians, actors and the others of the sort speaking without language. The work removes language from the speaker leaving them with grunts, moans and sighs.
Category Archives: collage
The site activates your webcam automatically; when you click “start” you’re suddenly staring at another human on your screen and they’re staring back at you, at which point you can either choose to chat (via text or voice) or just click “next,” instantly calling up someone else. It’s the anti-Facebook, pure social-media shuffle. Once you dive in, there’s no way to manage the experience—to filter users, search for friends, or backtrack and reconnect with someone you chatted with an hour ago. There’s only the perpetual forward motion of “next.
The living room is where the product is made and you are the product. We quickly forget what our purpose in life is as soon as we are programmed by the system to behave certain ways and most importantly purchase in certain ways. Our behaviors are not judged on how we perform and think anymore, rather they are on what we are able to buy and what we own.
“Here is the challenge of media democracy: to change the way information flows, the way we interact with the mass media, the way meaning is produced in our society. This DVD – a collection of television spots and video clips produced over the years by regular culture jammers – is proof that anyone can seize the media reins and begin producing real meaning.”
“World war 3 will be a guerrilla information war with no division between civilian and military participation.” – Marshall McLuhan
first attempt at creating an interface that mines rss feeds for subversive and comforting words that are used regularly in contemporary society in which they become devoid of content. with this data i create a visual cutout (inspired by dada and william s burroughs) with two corresponding videos that are pixelated and layered on top of each other, one being comfort and the other being dissent. the pixelation is randomly deleted using an algorithm and reveals the video behind the one in the front creating a parallel stream of media to bombard the consumer. all of this is streaming of course creating a new way of consuming media content that is disseminated through our standard media channels. the hope of the project is to create a parallel method in consuming dissent and comfort where the ultimate recording device (the human being) begins to decipher the system it exists within. all of this begins to question the ubiquitous encryption of media prevalent in the system
We are trying to find a spontaneous way for the individual to be able to break away from syntactical structures and explore the contents of the human recording machine.
Brion Gysin brought the cut up technique, which he found by accident when cutting into newspaper clippings, to William S. Burroughs which he developed into a method of rearranging words, sound and video. “The cut-up method brings to writers the collage, which has been used by painters for fifty years.” To William S. Burroughs, the human is the most important recording device, it is a device that simultaneously records, encrypts and disseminates. Although the mind has such power, it is unable to break away from the linear objectives set forth by the system in which it has developed. Possibly Mr. Burroughs is trying to find a spontaneous way for the writer and the individual which operates in words to be able to break away from syntactical structures and explore the contents of the human recording machine.
1966, UK, 18′ 45″, Black & White
Cinematography: Antony Balch
Screenplay: William S. Burroughs
Cast: William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin