|News Building (Vol. CXLVI . . . . No. 50559 Monday, September 23, 1996; Section B)|
1996 - ongoing, digital images from AutoCAD drawings, dimensions variable
This project involves transforming the different sections of a New York Times newspaper into film, architecture and sound. This ongoing multi-part project began with the purchase of five copies of the newspaper on the first Monday, after the 1996 autumnal equinox. The design of the building is derived from tracings of all the lines that separate text, photographs and advertisements on each of the twelve pages of section B. AutoCAD software was used to make blueprints on a 1:1 scale with the newspaper, and will also enable me to fabricate a 3-dimensional model using Rapid Prototyping. The film part of the project uses all the text from Section A. I cut every article into strips and taped them together to form one long line of text over 1100 feet long. I intend to record the text using digital video and use it to make several films. One will be readable, the others will be increasingly abstract. I started this project because of my frustration over an inability to keep pace with the enormous flow of information in our culture. I decided that there would be enough material in one day's newspaper to make art for years. I chose the New York Times to exemplify information overload and media saturation. Through digital technology, it is available in every large city in the United States. By cutting the articles into pieces and assembling them as one long line, it becomes easier to see the tremendous quantities of information created every day. The Times is also the standard by which U.S. journalism is measured. By transforming the newspaper into film or architecture, I'm asking viewers to imagine this subject differently and to consider the implications and suggestions of these changes in form. I'm using physical aspects of the newspaper itself to determine these changes.
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