About the work
- What is it?
This is an online tool which generates a collaborative networked illustration on a specific issue -
the story of the wreckers.
- What's the point?
I'm interested in bringing external live data into my drawings, to make the work more
informed, to have more depth, and more objective. In this way my work has a journalistic aspect,
creating a rounded picture/ balanced view from diverse sources.
This is what I call 'Feed Art' - mixing and mashing networked data into pictures to create an
informed image.It could also be described as a 'conflict picture'. There are two sets of comments being
pulled into the picture: a BBC debate
RSS feed on the subject of the wreckers, and the user
comments from this site. They work to support or create conflict with each other - there's a debate going on
within the picture. This mix makes the work more relevant/ connected to the subject, but gives
rise to chance forms and connections that can make interesting pictures, and also unintended meanings.
The feed and user entries are converted into shapes, so all the forms in the picture reflect the
data itself. Only the sketches are provided by me. By presenting the text in a range of ways I hope
to preserve the meaning of the original texts, and also by distorting it I hope to create new meanings.
- How is it collaborative?
When you add a comment it is shown as one of the two debate strands running across the image, but
also is added to the DB. All comments are pulled from the DB and converted into textures - the sand
and sea - so these change as more comments are added. In this way the work is cumulative as well as
The network itself is a collaborator - the RSS feed - collaborates in the creation of the work.
- Why is this a tool?
I'm interested in democratising art creation, and believe that by making the work open I can
make the work more interactive, relevant and richer.
- What's my work about?
The core of my work is illustrated stories: satirical and socio-political - using traditional
media as well as online and networked media.
My work is described here.
My works aim to exploit the online medium, to use the medium as: collaborative,
networked, computer generated. This work is a progression of my past recent works which integrate
networked data into stories and illustrations.
- Why this subject?
Because it's topical, current, emotive, colourful, multi-faceted and invites debate.
There has been much debate on the Internet concerning the wreckers of Branscombe beach.Some see wrecking as a
traditional right, others view it as theft and an expression of pure greed. The behaviour of the wreckers reminds
us of England's wrecker and smuggler history. Others think that only certain social types would behave like this,
while most of us are above this sort of behaviour. I wanted my illustration to tap into these
conflicting views and feelings, and to reflect these conflicts both through the texts placed in the
illustration but also visually in the shapes and forms of the networked data.
- Why would anyone want to use this?
The attractions are you can participate in the creation of an attractive and meaningful work of art, create your own
unique custom version, to keep and print. Also by participating, you make the cumulative work richer.
- What's the future for this project?
My next step is choose the best pictures and print them big, to show in an exhibition. Following this I intend to
develop it into an online story, and make booklets (for printing). People will be able to make their own custom
versions of the story.