Everything is connected.

Digital Networks

Digital Networks

Cycles repeat, Glitches disrupt

The ‘fireflies’ are small bulbs of pulsing light that twinkle to disrupted, harmonic chord progressions of a minimalist digital xylophone, which is effectively strange to experience. As the screen cuts in and out, any particular aspect is more difficult to focus on; one’s eyes dart about, causing the hypnotically slow fireflies to appear erratic like a hive of pulsing circuits. I wonder if this work intentionally acts as a toy replica of ‘Koyaanisqantsi,’ Francis Ford Coppola’s art film, in which images of pulsing cities were represented through Philip Glass’s repeating cyclical chords as a harbinger of social or environmental upheaval in a state of perpetual deferral.”
— Janna Avner, art writer and digital art curator for Femmebit

Digital Networks features video works, net art, and a mobile app prototype. These works use the new media platform as an integral part of the work, forming digital networks and synchronicity simulations. The moving image paired with auditory elements and viewer interactions completes the works. It is through interactivity and immersive visual/sound experiences that moments of connection and disconnection are realized.

On The Line shows transmission and interference between signals and frequencies that travel through networks. Viewers are fully immersed in a sensory experience of waiting “on the line” for connection, met with dial tones and operator voices. Visually, flashing scenes of glitches, visual symbols breaking apart, and mitosis processes divide forms into a montage of looping fragments simulating disconnection. Not only do glitches fragment connection, but viewers also disrupt visuals of large-scale projections as their shadows, voices, and movement fragment the scene.

The Content of Things explores nesting networks. As if viewed under a microscope, the viewer moves through layers of fictional networks within a select object sample. Be it a rock, plant, skin, circuit board, or an orange, the viewer takes a ride through networked patterns as if zooming into an object.  Networks are also examined in Cycles in Motion, a web-based project featuring dozens of artistically rendered gifs of cyclical patterns in nature that are activated by a cursor.

Firefly Simulations is an auditory and visual experience on smartphone devices. This project responds to the interactions of fireflies, particularly their use of bioluminescence for sexual selection. Fireflies synchronize their flashing lights when in large groups to attract female fireflies. This mobile project recreates this sensation using glowing data points undulating in chaotic ways, falling in and out of synchrony. The visual is paired with syncopated and unified soundscapes. When flashing data points and audio synchronize, the entire screen flashes as one light. The goal is to collaborate with other people with multiple smartphones, encouraging participants to find a mate when lights flash in synch.