Networks, Surveillance, Culture Jamming

A Bicycle Built for 2,000

website_header.pngBicycle Built For 2,000 is a collaborative artwork in the form of a song comprised of 2,088 voice recordings collected via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk web service. Workers were prompted to listen to a short sound clip, then record themselves imitating what they heard. The recorded sound clips were collected and organized into the original pattern.

Lowest Resolution

Zhang Peili’s Lowest Resolution consists of a long, narrow, dark alley with a small LCD screen hanging at the end. The LCD screen plays a video, hardly recognizable from distance, of a girl in a red school uniform. The distance makes it difficult to see exactly what the girl is doing or to hear if she’s talking or singing, or maybe crying.

The Sheep Market

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Aaron Koblin’s The Sheep Market is a web-based artwork that uses the ‘Amazon Mechanical Turk’ system to get thousands of workers involved in the creation of a massive database of drawings. The artist’s inspiration for ‘The Sheep Market’ was to try to exploit human creativity, while at the same time shedding light on the insignificant role each worker plays as part of a whole.  But Koblin was mostly curious how workers would respond to his absurd task: “When I saw the first sheep come through the system I knew I had made the right decision. As I had hoped each sheep truly reflected the individual and humanity behind it.”


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Have you ever played the game hearsay with some friends on the schoolyard? You start a story, or maybe a sentence, and whisper it in the ear of the person who stands next to you.

A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter

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“The work, A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter, is an eight inch high gloss black cube. Inside the hollow box is a small micro-controller and an Ethernet adapter.

Art Ticker

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“This sculpture displays the names of artists and indicates how fast they are rising or falling in the media.

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Screenshot of Rhizome Homepage


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“MILK uses GPS technology to map and visualize the continuous global flow of milk from the udder of a cow in Latvia to the consumer’s plate in the Netherlands.”[1]