GAOLER

HD application, infinite duration  

Description:

Gaoler is a program that endlessly plays random YouTube videos in real time within a generative 3D environment. It uses YouTube's API (Application Programming Interface) to take fragments of comments and conversations happening under user uploaded videos to build an ongoing monologue spoken by a character traversing an endless procedural desert. Disjointed and unpredictable, yet relevant and current, narratives are built through events that are reflected in the live scraping of information using random keywords fed into YouTube's search algorithms. This produces a dialogue with the users and the algorithm that is illuminated in the work. Videos will float to the surface, mashed together with comments from other videos into a portrait of the vastness and diverse nature of the platform and its users.

 

Exhibited at Peter Von Kant Gallery, London and SKELF.org in 2020.

© Daniel Shanken 2022