Mashups – Humanities meets the Matrix

The following three mash-ups were initial experiments into understanding the potentials of prototyping an information-based world with humanities dialogue as opposed to militaristic, corporate, or scientific dialogue. With these experiments, I am interested in engaging these familiar visualizations and highly-produced environments with the sound off. What do these environments really say? How can swapping the audio with dialogue from lectures, poetry readings, etc. change what that environment says?

Of the three, the following was the most successful. I am interested in the idea that no matter what time we are in, we will still have the same fundamental questions: is my child getting a good education? etc.

Like Brooklyn’s use of text with still image, I find the use of subtitles with moving images to be a strong direction, aesthetically. When cretaing various mash-ups, and narrowing it down to these three, I found that most of what I was distracted by was one single moment in which audio and video did not line up. What text + still image, and text + moving, silent, image do is engadge the viewer in a way that frees them from the expectation of the perfect mash.

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