After much pain and strife, SHOUT a colaboration between Gabe Walford and myself has finally been completed (at least the first itteration) after nearly two months and 90+ hours of printing, assembly, hacking and coding. It is on public display this weekend at the National Conference for Media Reform in a small showcase of technology based art. A video of SHOUT in action will be posted in the days to come. The artist statement for the piece is listed below.
SHOUT is an interactive artwork which combines 3D printed forms combined with live data extracted from news agency feeds to visualize bias in the news.
The installation visualizes the frequency of reports generated by varying news sources. This is represented by the strength of the color coming from the 3D printed waveform of the source’s name. The news sources selected were based on the number of mediums they employ (ie. television, radio, web), difference in target audience, and cultural bias. The analysis visualizes the volume of information created during different times of the day and how our perception of the news may relate to the actual rate of publication rather than the content.