ppt.xxx (2012)

A set of tools for automated corruption of Microsoft PowerPoint slideshows designed to systematically pollute the web with unuseable copies of the original slideshow. A series of scripts written in Ruby scrapes Google for slideshows, extracts slides as images (as jpg, png, bmp, xpm, gif) and manipulates the image so as to produce a glitched slide. The slides are then assembled back into one file and uploaded to a public file hosting website.

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The work consists of a piece of software and a website. The software is written in Ruby and interfaces with Microsoft PowerPoint directly. The exported images are converted to .gif .bmp .jpg or .xpm file format by ImageMagick. The files are re-opened by the script and altered on a binary level. The script directs ImageMagick to assemble the unaltered and altered images as two separate mosaics of slides. The web-archive serves as a documentation of the process. It displays each auto-generated mosaic and links to the source file, and the auto-created 'destroyed' presentation. The web-archive can be treated as a documentation of the process or a collection of images that bear some resemblance to the presentation archetype. Adding noise to the signal will, on one level, produce new visuals. On another level, it will try to visually undermine slideshows as the standart for sharing knowledge in corporate and education areas.

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The system will add noise to signal and try to visually undermine slideshows as the standart for sharing knowledge in corporate and education areas.

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