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“Counting Cars”
Will Pappenheimer + Chipp Jansen

image: http://www.willpap-projects.com/Image_Download/CountingCars_Image.jpg

At the Conflux Festival Thursday Sept 13, 11am-12:30pm
@ Luna Lounge
361 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211 T 718.384.7112

Counting Cars is an interface and consulting station that connects Manhattan surveillance traffic cams to local New York RSS Internet news of the moment via the vernacular consultation practice of “counting crows.” As a performance, I will assist participants to seek the moment's situational wisdom for a question they might entertain. With the aid of computer equipment, we will consult a live NYC traffic cam and initiate a programmatic process that utilizes motion detection to count cars within a certain period of time. The number generated as the “car” or “crow” count and is used to retrieve the text and imagery of a current corresponding RSS New York news story that is related to the participant.

Will Pappenheimer
Assistant Professor, Digital Art
Pace University, New York