Exhausting a Crowd

Opening THU September 8, 2016, 5 PM
THU September 8, 2016 - MON September 12, 2016, 10 AM - 8:30 PM
Except SAT September 10, 2016 - OK Night: 10 AM - 10 PM
The exhibition is on display until after the festival, until September 18, 2016.
OK im OÖ Kulturquartier
CrowdCredit: Kyle McDonald

Honorary Mention Interactive Art+

Kyle McDonald (US)

Exhausting a Crowd was inspired by Georges Perec’s novel, An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris (Tentative d’epuisement d’un Lieu parisien), and automates the task of completely describing the events of 12 hours in a busy public space like Piccadilly Circus in London or in Amsterdam XX. The events occurring during this period are open to anyone to comment upon, annotate, or tag, resulting in a collaborative interpretation of the narrative. Some commentaries provide narration for complex multi-character stories, others catalogue every single selfie taken.

The work is a beautiful record of the energy present in shared space, as well as a disturbing look into the potential for control in a dystopian environment of constant mass surveillance.