ARTIST: Edward Tang; Jeanne Strole - conceptual collaborator
MATERIALS: Custom Written Software, Windows based Computer
DATE: March 2004
Concept developed in collaboration with Jeanne Strole.
"Threads://Porn_Personals.html" is a hybrid software
work intended for live installation or as a rendered video presentation.
This work combines an edited video clip from a adult film, live
content from the World Wide Web, and 3D graphics programming
techniques to illuminate some forms of pyschosexual and social
behavior in very particular online communities. When the software
is run, it connects like a web browser to "male seeking
female" personals sections of a community website and downloads
the page. These personals are often inappropriately sexually
suggestive as men unrealistically seek out sexual partners.
The software specifically parses out the headlines of the personals
from the downloaded page. The video is played back within the
software and analyzed pixel by pixel for color information.
This information is mapped out on a plane of three dimensional
spectrum of virtual light, abstracting the image and turning
it into a onscreen sculptural form. The software detects the
motion of sexual intercourse within the adult video clip. From
the areas of most intense human sexual activity emerge the text
of the personal headlines. As the software runs, the text of
the personal headlines oscillates around the movement of the
bodies in the video clip. The viewers of the output of the piece
experience the blending of the often salacious and prurient
text and a visual representation of the desires and fantasies
constructing the image behind those words.
Edward Tang is a artist and PhD student at Center for Digital
Arts and Experimental Media at the University of Washington.
He received his MPS from the Interactive Telecommunications
Program and his BM in Music Technology at New York University.
He is a classical violinist and has worked as a freelance audio/music
editor for broadcast television and new media in New York City.
A native of the Seattle area, he has exhibited digital works
in venues all over the world, including events in Paris, Glasgow,
Warsaw, New York City, and London. His current research interests
include new forms of hybrid software based works and interfaces
for telematic musical performance.
edtang AT antiexperience.com