Word Up. Making Movies From Search Keywords

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The Age of Information is yielding some interesting art projects. Take, for example, Swiss “interactive artists” Beat Brogle and Philippe Zimmerman’s online search endeavor “OneWordMovie,” which marks an intriguing foray into image collections.

Word Up. Making Movies From Search Keywords

Entering a one-word search term into their program, OneWordMovie organizes the cornucopia of images on the Net and arranges them into a flickering flash film.

For example, typing in “Madonna” will yield, almost instantaneously, a movie similar to those old animated flipbooks. It uses a meta-search approach by utilizing the various Internet search engines.

Fascinating people worldwide in Media Arts Centers from Europe to Australia to Korea, the creators revel on the simplicity and “intuitive character of the work.”

“People from diverse backgrounds, some with, many without any experience with media arts, took up the offer enthusiastically and had films generated based on their own keywords. The work is so self-explanatory that people needed no guidance,” as stated on their site.

Often producing “surprising films,” the project is aimed at examining a hot topic in modern art-the relationship between image and text.

The films are presented in real time following the ranking of search results on a series of interwoven loops. Testing out the project requires a download of ShockWave.

Word Up. Making Movies From Search Keywords
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