DECORATIVE NEWSFEEDS 2004
Thomson & Craighead (1969, 1971 – )
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Decorative Newsfeedspresents up to the minute headline news from around the world as a series of pleasant animations, allowing viewers to keep informed while contemplating a kind of readymade sculpture or automatic drawing.
Each breaking news item is taken live from the BBC website and presented on-screen according to a simple set of rules, and although the many trajectories these news headlines follow were drawn by the artists and then stored in a database, the way in which they interact with each other is determined by the execution of the computer program.
Decorative Newsfeedsis an attempt to articulate the rather complex relationship we all have with rolling news and how such simultaneous reportage on world events impinges on our own lives.