Overscan

Watching, deconstructing, and transforming a live television broadcast in a video artwork.

Overscan is a video artwork that perpetually watches, deconstructs, and transforms a live television broadcast. Installed above the bar at Firebrand Saints in Kendall Square, Cambridge, the artwork is composed of five television screens. The leftmost screen displays live television - whatever channel the bar chooses - and the four screens on the right cycle through a series of transformations of the broadcast.

Custom software looks for patterns in the video, such as faces, and maintains a memory of what it has seen. The text of the closed caption feed is extracted and analyzed with language processing software. Certain words, such as emotional language and selected topics, are highlighted and recorded.

The piece was commissioned by Gary Strack, the chef and owner of Firebrand Saints. The entire application was programmed in OpenFrameworks.

Overscan is a live audiovisual remix installation, installed at Firebrand Saints in Cambridge, MA
A beam of 5 TV screens sit above the bar: one shows live content and the other four perpetually remix that content.
The artwork has a series of visual scenes. Each explore a different aspect of the television broadcast.
Searching the transcript for big words and creating a poetic juxtaposition of text and image.
Firebrand Saints is located in Kendall Square, a hotbed of biotech innovation and MIT startups.
Press & Accolades
“...the result is a constant live feed that reads various modes of the television stream — so you can watch the game on the actual TV or you can read the play-by-play float across other screens in a never-ending digital poem.”
 
 
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