Data is everywhere, and in a constant state of flux. Whether we harvest information from Google, hard copy print, or other media, our interactions with data and information are mediated. We are to assume data has no bias, however it is created, and presented with a specific motive, leaving the viewer to discern the real from the unreal. It’s Presidential: Absence of the Subject displays my research on the production of art through a series of predefined instructions, or actions, and the use of dynamic data to generate a body of images.
Through computer automation and the help of Google’s algorithmic image search, I have devised a system to capture and visualize data based on an instruction set to create a body of images. In this case the media, my Google Image Search, is shaping and filtering the experience of my final art object. An object, which, while being created through a fixed set of instructions, is ultimately defined by the results of the search query. The raw data shifts and dictates my visual output. Ultimately the viewers are left to define their own visual experience.
The entire world right now is run by information. Our entire world is being controlled and operated by tiny invisible 1s and 0s that are flashing through the air and flashing through the wires around us. So if that’s what controls our world, ask yourself who controls the 1s and the 0s?