The Humanitarian Glitch
Role: Ideation, Circuit Building, Coding, Visual
and Sound Design
Duration: 4 Months (2017)
In 2011, what became known as the Arab Spring revolts toppled Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. That March, peaceful protests erupted in Syria as well, after 15 boys were detained and tortured for having written graffiti in support of the Arab Spring.
Initially, lack of freedoms and economic woes fuelled resentment of the Syrian government, and public anger was inflamed
by the harsh crackdown on protesters.
Even global warming has been claimed to have played a role in sparking the 2011 uprising. A severe drought plagued Syria from 2007-10, spurring as many as 1.5 million people to migrate from the countryside into cities, which exacerbated poverty and social unrest.
In philosophy, systems theory, science, and art, emergence is a phenomenon whereby larger entities arise through interactions among smaller or simpler entities such that the larger entities exhibit properties the smaller/simpler entities do not
An emergent property of a system is one that is not a property of any component of that system but is still a feature of the system as a whole. Nicolai Hartmann, one of the first modern philosophers to write on emergence, termed this categorial novum
"The term 'emergent' was coined by philosopher G. H. Lewes"
"'Emergo' which means to arise, to rise up, to come up or to come forth."
Connecting the dots:
Multimedia: Visuals + Audio.
1) Visuals: Live glitching the images of Syria's Civil War using Processing (Option 1) / Resolume Arena (Option 2).
2) Audio: Live audio generation with the build 555 Synth.
555 Synth Making:
1) Processing (Live Images) + 555:
1) Resolume Arena + Syphon (sending live webpage frames to Resolume) + 555 Synth:
This option made it possible to live search in Google along with realtime glitching the visuals in Resolume.
The piece can we performed live and can also have a web version, like the following: