Michael Takeo Magruder
Magruder introduced his Studio with co~dec in which he continues his quest to create art/media hybrids for the net. It is a “translation” of a one hour CNN news broadcast that has been dissected, compressed — in time, space, and color — then decompressed to its original length. In ambiguous silence co~dec slows the net to a crawl (and probably your computer as well, since the piece is processor intensive). + requiem + reflects upon the collective memory of tragic moments in recent history. The interface map through which the artwork is accessed dynamically re-configures itself each time the spectator views the page. Seven events are randomly parsed from the archive and embedded into the interface, thus creating a series of gateways to the past.