Caleb Larsen
Since 2005
Works in Seattle, Washington United States of America

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My work covers a wide variety of ideas and methods. Much of it using digital technology in its conception and creation and has ranged from using lasers, video games, gps units, programming and computer networks.
My current work is concerned with using logic-based systems to create and explore intersections of digital and physical culture using Language and Mapping as methods of inspection. Both Language and Mapping are abstract frameworks used to express and understand complex ideas. It is through Language that we put meaning to otherwise indecipherable thoughts and Mapping enables us to gain a birds-eye perspective on the terra incognita of geographical and conceptual territories. Through the information and resources provided via the Internet a new type of collective consciousness is formed. My work is applying these methods of inquiry to analyze it and explore how all of the elements are so delicately interconnected.
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Installation using RSS, PHP, and a Lego Mindstorm NXT


Monument (If it Bleeds, it Leads) is an art installation in which a computer program continuously scans the headlines of 4,500 English-language news sources around the world, looking for people who have been reported killed. Each time it finds an article, an algorithm determines the number of deaths, and instructs a ceiling-mounted mechanism built from Legos to drop one yellow BB per person. During the course of the installation, BBs accumulate on the floor, contributing to an ever-growing constellation, ultimately forming a sort of monument. At the beginning of an installation the pellets are sparsely scattered around the space, and by the end they form a dense and chaotic arrangement, with errant BBs traveling throughout the building.
Video and images available at http://caleblarsen.com