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Exhausting a Crowd

Kyle Mcdonald (NL 2015)

Inspired by the classic book from Georges Perec, “An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris”, written from a bench over three days in 1974. “Exhausting a Crowd” automates the task of completely describing the events of 12 hours in a busy public space in London. This work speaks to the potential of a perfectly automated future of surveillance, enabled by a distributed combination of machine and human intelligence. A record of the energy present in shared space, as well as a disturbing peek into the potential for control in a dystopian environment.

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