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The Multi-Cultural Recycler

There has been a recent proliferation of video cameras on the World Wide Web. Ordinary people and places are instantly subject to becoming part of the mass culture and are also potentially subject to cultural recycling. The Multi-Cultural Recycler puts a tongue-in-cheek spin on this phenomenon.

When a visitor accesses the Multi-Cultural Recycler, the Recycler selects two or three camera websites at random and captures the live or latest image from their cameras. The Recycler then performs digital image processing on these images to "recycle" them into a new image. Since the actual process used is also selected at random, each access to the Recycler site produces a unique image.

Visitors can also look in "The Recycling Bin" to see the source images that comprise their recycled image and link to the images' original websites to learn their original context.

Amy Alexander
School of Film/Video
California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, California 91355 USA
amy@emsh.calarts.edu
http://shoko.calarts.edu/~alex/recycler.html

Collaborators
Tom Erbe, Palle Henckel, Sara Roberts, Steev Hise, Michael Scroggins, and Jeff Ballard