Want


MTAA + RSG

Want is a six-channel video installation about contemporary desire. Want explores the current climate of society over-stimulated by the bombardment of technological instant gratification, and the very definite, yet-to-be-revealed implications and issues of accountability and responsibility surrounding virtuality. Here, the Internet’s underbelly is exposed; pushing the quiet, anonymous behavior that flourishes in cyberspace into public space, forcing us to reevaluate this behavior as if it were to take place in the physical community. The life-sized video displays use custom software to monitor real time Internet searches. When the software finds a programmed keyword, it triggers a video clip of one of several actors/avatars who translates the virtual request to reality. The videos are triggered almost concurrently, causing the voiced requests to overlap. The result is an audio-visual cacophony of desire; an online echo chamber of warped reality.

Project Updates

  • 2008: Want premieres at The Beall Center for Art and Technology in Irvine CA

  • Artists

    MTAA + RSG

    AlexGalloway is a programmer, author, and the former director of content and technology at the online art platform Rh…

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    Alex Galloway

    Alex Galloway is a programmer, author, and the former director of content and technology at the online art platform Rhizome.org. He is a founding mem…

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    Michael Sarff

    Artists Michael Sarff and Timothy Whidden formed MTAA in 1996 and soon after began to explore the Internet, video, soft…

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    Timothy Whidden

    Artists Timothy Whidden and Michael Sarff&nbs…

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