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DocLab Live: Order, Chaos and Everything 21 Nov at 20:00

Join Jonathan Harris on a secular pilgrimage: from physical reality to the chaos of YouTube, and a digital simulation of consciousness.

DocLab Live: Bloodless – Guided by the Ghost of a Korean Sex Worker 25 Nov at 17:00

Special presentation on VR installation Bloodless, in which director Gina Kim and guests discuss the influence of American military presence on the South Korean people since 1956.

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Text Trends

Text Trends is a sendup of the ubiquitous line graphs and related information returned by services like Google Trends.

Text Trends is a sendup of the ubiquitous line graphs and related information returned by services like Google Trends. The project takes the content generated by these types of X vs. Y search queries and reduces this process to its most essential elements: search terms, frequency mentioned and a timeline. In experiencing the piece, the viewer sits idly and watches animations plot out the ebb and flow (or lack thereof) of a series of search terms over the last four years.

This all plays out matter-of-factly with all the passion of a market index or a readerboard. Instead of the infoglut and hyper-interactivity of emerging news mashups and aggregators, Text Trends revels in stark pans across curated comparisons while exploring topics like political figureheads, temporality and politics.
Greg J. Smith

Project details

Year of development :2008
Created by:Martin John Callanan

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