Speed Dealer Moms — LA August 1 (Official Music Video)
10.92 minutes | sound
The delirium of the decisive rhythmic behavior of the track led me into investigating different dimensions of transfer and automation. On one level there is a storytelling of quantized visual information and cybercultural notions of dispersed authorship through the (inter)activity of digital images and their contents. On a secondary level, the interactivity the viewer experiences with the images is itself a “distant early warning system” of not-yet-realized autonomous art making processes (as expressed by some of the overwhelming machinic images) and embedded in the process of the video’s very own production.
Assisted by algorithmic editing, I wrote a program which took an audio input and measured it against a threshold, making pseudo-random decisions about which audio events would result in an edit, a cut, an unintended juxtaposition.
Here the warning system, on a third level, is also describing the creator as a spectator of their own work. For LA August 1, the human-machine interface still ended-up needing to be weighted by human intervention at the editing level to reach a sufficient compromise in the broad paradigm the track establishes. The program on its own produced interesting results, but too rudimentary and sloppy as a whole. The role of the editor then became to refine and sculpt the emergent cavalcade of the everyday, the absurd, and the hidden.