Life in the Maelstrom (2012)

We live in a vortex where "BIG DATA" feeds off us.

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Life in the Maelstrom, Single Channel Video, 2012 7min 33sec, 1920 x 1080 HD

HD footage collected in Times Square processed in real-time with custom software using MAX/MSP and Jitter. Video feedback loop and frame difference parameters are performed in real-time and recorded. Output is then edited. Adobe Audition was used to compose soundscape, using various technological sounds of data transferring.

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  • Year Created: 2012
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Tuesday Apr 22nd, 2014
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  • Work Credits:
    • Eric.Souther, primary creator
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Artist Statement

We exist in a constant state of flux. We are perpetually pushed to move forward and update. We live in a vortex where "BIG DATA" feeds off us. Marshall McLuhan speaks of escaping this void by studying the pattern of media's effects, thus creating a strategy of evasion and survival. Life in the Maelstrom seeks to explore the lives of those who live in the vortex..

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