We're loving the thought-provoking, technology-tweaking art pieces of Tim Schwartz, former Assistant Curator of Digital Media at NYC's Museum of the Moving Image. First up, his silly but sobering Paris gauge:
The piece is attached via a network cable to the internet where it monitors news and search results for "paris hilton" and "paris france" and displays an average result in real-time.
Then there's his card catalog, a physical embodiment of his iPod's contents:
A card catalog designed to hold all of the songs on my iPod, 7,390 songs. Each song is cataloged on a single card. The cards are organized in reverse chronological order, that is the songs I listened to most recently are in the front of the catalog, and the songs I havenâ€™t listened to in two years exist at the back. The piece is seven feet long when closed and just under fourteen feet when opened.
Lastly, gotta love his Google Image Periodic Table:
I created a periodic table of elements by taking the first image returned by google when the name of an element was searched for. This piece creates a snapshot of what our culture associates with these particular words. For example, Platinum is associated with a hair color most often, Krypton with Superman, and Lithium with its pill form.