Like Pearls by Morehshin Allahyari is an animated and interactive mash-up of the Farsi spam Allahyari receives in her mailbox.
The running after one another of headline news in the big media causes an endless stream of words and names in the Net, most of which are part of contents that rapidly become stale. In their obsession to reflect the events in real time, the headlines are all very similar, and repeat.hacktivism
Wordnews, the words of news.
the same concept with small variations. Wordnews, by the very young german artist Benjamin Fischer, who is also the author of Neuordnung, tries to visualize this phenomenon. The software collects the headlines of the most popular international news sites and visually represents the frequency of the words used. The ‘weight’ of the words is represented by their size, minimally and uniformly showing the ‘shouted’ style of today’s mass journalism. The difference with respect to other similar works, such as Newsmap and News Reader, is that here words aren’t the focal points of an artfully designed layout, but are instead presented in a neutral verbal information chart, where instantly recognizable alphabetic signs generate a picture of informational hype. The words, taken out of their context and their strategical position in the sites they were taken from, recover their descriptive value, isolated in a mosaic made of differently sized pieces that synthesizes their repetitive nature and their proper meaning at the same time.