Gallery | 14:00 – 22:00 Friday 25 January
14:00 – 22:00 Saturday 26 January
“Black Swans” is an installation that uses Twitter searches to generate video art, sculpture, and text. A custom-built software program runs a Twitter search of a keyword (“beautiful”, "space", “electric”, “numbers”, etc) as its source and creates shapes based on the characteristics of the resulting Tweet– length of the text, number of friends associated with the tweet, how many times it’s been re-tweeted, etc.
These keywords are generated by audience members sending tweets with a custom hashtag, so the video takes its shape from audience input– the more tweets sent, the more complicated the shape becomes.
The software program also creates a live text stream, generated by the most-used words in the tweets, which becomes the title for the installation. For instance, the search for “beautiful” creates the text “Beautiful Driving into tho saw beautiful:) single then from a cry over moment”.
Link to video: https://vimeo.com/53178709
United States, Venice
Eric Medine is a Los Angeles area artist working in multimedia and video art. Most recently he completed a residency at the Can Serrat Centro de Actividades Artisticas in Barcelona, Spain. He has given numerous lectures, workshops, and presentations on topics such as curating electronic art, hacking video game hardware, and software programming for live video exhibitions. He currently is co-director of La-Va.org, a loosely organized communtiy of video artists working primarily in the field of live video mixing and improvised visuals.
From October of 1999 to October 2004 he ran Drivethru Studios, a not-for-profit, independent gallery dedicated to emerging artists working in painting, video, and sculpture. In June 2002 he curated and contributed to an exhibition with the Faites de la Lumiere group in Marseilles, France, and in the fall of 2002 traveled to Bulgaria to curate and show his own work at the "Second by Second" exhibition at the Lessedra Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria.
In 2004 he closed down the Drivethru Studios and relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a graduate degree at the Otis School for Art and Design. Since then he has shown work at the Los Angeles Juried Exhibition, the Angels Gate Art Center, Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica, the SuperSonic Exhibition at the Barnsdall Art Park in Los Angeles, Walled Cities Gallery in San Pedro, Andrew Shire Gallery in Los Angeles, and the KunstVlaai Exhibition in Amsterdam.