Infinite Glitch – Ben Baker-Smith (2011-∞)

Chi-town’s Ben Baker-Smith (aka Bit_Synthesis) recently launched a piece entitled Infinite Glitch — a continuously changing glitch-collage media-stream, ripping/pulling its source daily from the mass of content uploaded to the web every second. Potentially infinite (but more likely for a year), I can’t imagine a better way to start off every monday. The project was made entirely with Free/Open-Source Software and funded in part by <terminal>

Artist’s Statement:

Every day an incomprehensible number of new digital media files are uploaded to hosting sites across the internet. Far too many for any one person to consume. Infinite Glitch is a stream-of-conciousness representation of this overwhelming flood of media, its fractured and degraded sounds and images reflecting how little we as an audience are able to retain from this daily barrage.

Infinite Glitch is an automated system that generates an ever-changing audio/video stream from the constantly increasing mass of media files freely available on the web. Source audio and video files are ripped from a variety of popular media hosting sites, torn apart, and recombined using collage and glitch techniques to create an organic, chaotic flood of sensory input.

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