Short Films about Flying

Software, installation / projection. Courtesy: Mobile Home, London.

17 January 2003

Short Films about Flying is an open edition of unique cinematic works that were generated in real-time from existing data on the World Wide Web.

Each ‘movie’ combines a video feed from a Web camera of the Logan Airport in Boston—provided by a commercial website—with randomly loaded net radio sourced from elsewhere in the world. Text grabbed from a variety of online message boards is periodically inserted, appearing like cinematic intertitles.

Since visitors to the commercial website were able to remotely control the Logan Airport camera, each ‘movie’ is shot and paced by its own (unsuspecting) camera person.