Inside I | Screen shot | 2011
Inside I | Screen shot | 2011
Inside I | Screen shot | 2011

Inside I

Custom software
2011

Inside I uses computer algorithms to bring a body of text to life. A computer program randomly selects three words, one from each of three lists curated by the artist. The program then overlays the three words, also selecting a random opacity for each. This process repeats every few seconds. The resulting animation emulates the pauses, stutters, and slip ups that inevitably occur when we try to communicate our personal feelings and experiences. The computer-generated text—combined with a sound track of static, clicks, and the drone of a disconnected telephone—suggests technology’s potential to distort our attempts at communication. Or perhaps it expresses the hope that technology will eventually allow us to build new meaning into language by compiling and displaying words in a way that mirrors the complexity of our internal states. To be displayed on a monitor or projected.