Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bird Feed: My First Gift

Bird Feed is a modified version of a previous project, Bird Cage. Bird Cage is a beautiful yet disturbing image that places viewers  in direct communication with their own mortality to bring about a new perspective on life. The piece references the ancient Buddhist tradition of meditation on the foul, and serves as an object of meditation and reflection to clarify perspectives clouded daily by the fast-paced, media-based lifestyle of western culture. The new project, Bird Feed, imposes this reflection upon the viewer. Bird Feed transcends the gallery setting and can appear anywhere there is a monitor and an open internet source.Where media has numbed a culture, this technology will be used against it to awaken a more lucid, mindful way of being.

Bird Feed is a program written in javascript that streams a live feed of the decaying bird.  Still shots are also banked in hard drive of the source computer for later reference.
To share Bird Stream use this code:
<script type="text/javascript">
function refresh(){
document.images["birdfeed"].src=""+"?"+new Date();
setTimeout('refresh()', 10000);}
// -->
<a href=""><img src="" id="birdfeed"></img></a>

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