Randall Packer on Fri, 5 Apr 2002 01:49:01 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Media Deconstruction Kit Preview

Title: Media Deconstruction Kit Preview
Media Deconstruction Kit Preview
Randall Packer

Debuts at the Thaw 2002 Festival of Video, Film and Digital Media
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City
April 10 - 13

The Media Deconstruction Kit is a networked installation that confronts corporate control of mass media through the transformation from the one-to-many broadcast paradigm to the many-to-many form of interaction and manipulation. A project of Tel-SPAN, the telematic broadcasting channel of the US Department of Art & Technology, the Media Deconstruction Kit reconfigures, disorients, and amplifies the mis-information of live broadcast media into an immersive, sensorial, multimedia experience. Television graphics, news talk, advertising, sound bites, and political pundancy are transformed into a collaged rendering of disintegrated media, seductive audio textures, and telematic commentary (texts by Mark Amerika).

For this installation, a Preview version has been mastered on DVD consisting of recorded broadcast footage from CNN. The Preview demonstrates the way in which live material is reconfigured as a canonic, multi-layered video wall, while the network interaction of the Web viewer disrupts the live footage by superimposing the user's IP address. This insertion of the machine identity of the viewer is distributed over the Web (in the final version), in order to reverse the anonymity and powerlessness of the passive television viewer. Here, the viewer is invited to do more than click on the remote control; they are encouraged to playfully and collectively transform, manipulate, and explode the content of live broadcast television into a richly textured display of media, sound and pointed commentary.

The Media Deconstruction Kit is part of the Telemusic networked media project, a collaboration with computer music researcher and composer John Young, and was created with Max/MSP and Nato. A production of Zakros InterArts.

Zakros InterArts - http://www.zakros.com/
US Department of Art & Technology - http://www.usdept-arttech.net/
Tel-SPAN - http://www.usdept-arttech.net/tel-span/
Thaw Festival 2002 - http://www.uiowa.edu/~thaw/