August 4, 2006, the personal search queries of 650,000 AOL (America Online) users accidentally ended up on the Internet, for all to see. These search queries were entered in AOL's search engine over a three-month period. After three days AOL realized their blunder and removed the data from their site, but the sensitive private data had already leaked to several other sites.
I love Alaska tells the story of one of those AOL users. We get to know a religious middle-aged woman from Houston, Texas, who spends her days at home behind her TV and computer. Her unique style of phrasing combined with her putting her ideas, convictions and obsessions into AOL's search engine, turn her personal story into a disconcerting novel of sorts.
Slim Thug Status Bot was a bot RSG and I wrote that would let you know if Slim Thug's album "Already Platinum" had gone platinum yet.......It was located on AIM as "SlimThugPlatinum". I eventually had to take it offline cause it was burning up server and taking up like 99% of the processor. I think it cause got in a bot loop with another bot. (ps - also special thx to michael bell smith)
The literal translation of the title into binary then stitched into fabric; black for 0 and white for 1.
Murmur Study is an installation that examines the rise of micro-messaging technologies such as Twitter and Facebook’s status update. One might describe these messages as a kind of digital small talk. But unlike water-cooler conversations, these fleeting thoughts are accumulated, archived and digitally-indexed by corporations. While the future of these archives remains to be seen, the sheer volume of publicly accessible personal — often emotional — expression should give us pause.
This installation consists of 30 thermal printers that continuously monitor Twitter for new messages containing variations on common emotional utterances. Messages containing hundreds of variations on words such as argh, meh, grrrr, oooo, ewww, and hmph, are printed as an endless waterfall of text accumulating in tangled piles below.
The printed thermal receipt paper is then reused in future projects and exhibitions or recycled.
Last year, Turbulence.org partnered with NewMediaFix, Telic Arts Exchange, and Freewaves to create an online book on interactive and participatory art titled "Networked." The organizers felt writing on this type of art work necessitated a forum that itself was open and interactive, thus they set out to design a site for the publication that would be as dynamic as the work discussed. The "Networked" site, built by Matthew Belanger, is now open for comments, revisions, and translations. Click the below for essays by Kazys Varnelis, Anne Helmond, Jason Freeman, Anna Munster, and Patrick Lichty.