New 6RC Work by Eryk Salvaggio
This piece contains a disclaimer before it loads. The work is much more depressing to me than I had expected it to be, and I have found the reactions of people who have seen it before I announced it have invariably been silent.
The piece consists of news footage from September 11th, 2001, when Flight 175 struck the south tower of the World Trade Center. The image was then broken into still frames, and converted to an ASCII template which consists of the names of the people who lost their lives in the attack. The frames were then re-assembled into an automatically re-loading series of html documents, giving the illusion of a slow motion film. This piece is best viewed on Netscape 6 on large monitors, preferably over a fast connection; but the "break up" of data is a part of the aesthetics of the piece itself; that is, to further disrupt the idea that this piece has a concern for aesthetics. It is not meant to be "pretty" by any means, and it isn’t.
I would appreciate feedback on this piece if anyone would like to provide it. I have mixed emotions concerning it, the way I do with every piece of work, but obviously the subject matter here is potentially larger than maybe I should have attempted to grasp.