"The idea is to try to answer the question: What if we could listen to what everyone was chatting about? What would that sound like?"
-- Ben Rubin
Spark checked out "Listening Post" on view at the San Jose Museum of Art from June 3 through November 26, 2006. Created by media artist Ben Rubin along with statistician Mark Hansen, "Listening Post" takes chat and messages from bulletin boards -- thousands and thousands of messages in real time -- and displays them on a suspended arc of 231 small text screens. In addition, voices from a text to speech synthesizer can be heard in the speakers that surround the exhibit. "Listening Post" won the 2004 Golden Nica Prize from ARS Electronica.
Based in New York City, Ben Rubin earned a B.A. from Brown University in 1987 and an M.S. in visual studies from the MIT Media Lab in 1989. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the MIT List Visual Arts Center, and the Skirball Center. He has collaborated with many other artists including Laurie Anderson and Ann Hamilton. Mr. Rubin teaches at the Yale School of Art.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
KQED Science Site Relaunches
All of KQED's science and environment content is now aggregated in one place on KQED.org. Find everything from Astronomy to Zebras!
Enter the New "ImageMakers" Screening Room
Enjoy films from present and past seasons of KQED's short independent film series, divided into Animation, Comedy, Drama, and Suspense.