Eric Souther

Video, Code, New Media Art

Search Engine Vision "Buddha", Single Channel Video, 2012

4min 57sec, 1920 x 1080 HD

 

The Buddha is comprised and confronted with one thousand videos of himself. He gazes knowingly upon his western existence online, and he searches for himself among the masses. A conflict between a timeless wisdom and the impermanence of a hollow vessel consumed by modern technology.

 

The first one thousand videos while searching "Buddha" on YouTube are downloaded and organized in a grid with After Effects. The output is then mapped onto a 3D model of Buddha and a 2 dimensional plane in MAX/MSP and Jitter via openGL objects. Programmed camera movements and positions of the objects are recorded in real-time.

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