Michael Takeo Magruder
co~dec project page
*subversion of copyrighted media information for the creation of
artworks which reflect upon the dualistic nature of media as both
information source and cultural stimulant.
With "co~dec," M. Takeo Magruder 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 very processor intensive).
Takeo's grids, calculations, and crafted methodologies morph into
organic, meditative spaces. Stripped of "facts" the linear structure
of the piece softens into blurred faces, billowing clouds, shifting
sands, and remote explosions. While Takeo transforms television
noise into tranquil reflection, his work by no means encourages
passivity. Peering into our screens, we are compelled to search for
those "facts": who's face? which desert? what explosion?
(text by Jo-Anne Green,
Turbulence.org - Press Release)