They never sleep, and you never know when they might turn and bite
you. Machines Like Sharks explores alternative means for browsing
the vast body of information lurking on peoples' hard drives and
sloshing around the Internet. We treat this data as a huge repository
of found objects and continuous nocturnal murmurings. These prototypes
use photos from personal web sites, ad banners, porn animations,
copy from annual reports and private confessionals and whatever
else the machines can be coerced into divulging to create dynamic
collages of images and text. The results are pieces which are constantly
on the edge of emergence.
This work has its practical underbelly as well. All of the ingredients
of the collages retain links back to their source files, whether
local or long-distance. By clicking on them you get taken to the
original text or web page from whence they came. The user can also
parameterize the search paths in order to mine a particular sector
of the information landscape.
Future experiments will plunder sound and image files, make use
of semantic parsing of text streams and generally be more clever
and better behaved.