Hangmen Also Die: videos and programming notes

Below are video samples of the kinds of solutions the program running the installation comes up with. It should be noted that the program has been coded to compose the entire event from scratch. This ad-hoc editing happens in real time for each and every cycle of the installation. It also means that every iteration is a unique composition. Even when the program attempts to recreate the original performance of the actor, which it does at the beginning of each pass, one should not expect to see the same imagery or editing choices accompany any given bit of text. However, as one might expect, the general themes of the project continue to function as guidlines for the program, resulting in similar types of choices.


In the excerpt above, the computer program constructs an original composition by drawing from a database of imagery, as well as from a database of performance choices recorded by the artists for this purpose.
(25 sec.)



In this excerpt, the use of distortion by the program is marked. This degenerative ploy effectively heightens the psychological dimension of the composition.
(1 min.)



Here the use of repetition and distortion help bring into focus the workings of an obsessed mentality. The perspective being simulated is obviously pathological, locked in emotionally charged loops of self-reinforcing ideological mantras.
(40 sec.)



This is the entire text of the monologue. Here the program has appropriated the performance of the actor and processes it along similar lines to how it organizes the accompanying images, as another thread whereby it can follow and comment on the selected text. In this section the program is attempting to approximate the original, live performance of the actor as much as possible and would be recognizable to spectators who were in attendance for the live performances staged for the opening and close of the installation.
(12 min.)