Environment is Text-Rich: Framingham

Environment is Text-Rich: Framingham (2006) was a live video installation at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, Massachusetts. Projected onto one wall of the gallery space was a live video image of downtown Framingham, showing people in their cars and walking as they went about their everyday lives. However, the image was not static – the camera moved up and down in an awkward dance.

Upon first watching the archived video, the motion seems to be random. If one looks closer, patterns emerge. The robotic camera is panning and tilting to spell out letters; those letters form words; those words tell of a little known part of Framingham history.

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Every Environment is Text-Rich: Framingham from Brooke A. Knight on Vimeo.

Every Environment is Text-Rich #4

Every Environment is Text-Rich #4 (2003) is an interactive, web-based artwork that takes images from around the World and presents them in one frame. Viewers determine which images they would like to see layered on top of one another, but can only do so by their verbal description. They have no way of knowing what the images will look like, as the sources are live webcams, dependent on weather conditions and the time of day. Some cams change their positions, so even a selection of the same sources in quick succession may not lead to a similar combined image. The work allows the viewer to see the whole world at once, live.

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Project requires Flash.


For Desktop, (2001) I streamed live video of the desktop of machine at work. At the time, personal webcams were just beginning to become popular; my idea that it was more important to see what I am working on, rather than my face.

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Desktop from Brooke A. Knight on Vimeo.