Pirate Cinema: realtime mashup of video being torrented

Here's a cool installation: "The project is presented as a monitoring room, which shows Peer-to-Peer transfers happening in real time on networks using the BitTorrent protocol. The installation produces an arbitrary cut-up of the files currently being exchanged. This immediate and fragmentary rendering of digital activity, with information concerning its source and destination, thus depicts the topology of digital media consumption and uncontrolled content dissemination in a connected world."

It's called "The Pirate Cinema." No relation.. (Thanks, Jan!)


      1. Surprisingly little, I thought. Perhaps 5% or less?

        On the other hand, porn is free, instant and clip-oriented: why torrent? For the setups and dialog?

  1. that is interesting.  but somehow there’s a porn filter involved, or else about 2/3rds of those screens would be for-adult-viewing-only

      1. too little too late; sez i ergodically speaking  (not that i’m any expert on this, or anything)

      2. So when the snooty cat and the courageous dog with the celebrity voices meet for the first time in reel three, that’s when you’ll catch a flash of Tyler’s contribution to the film.Nobody knows that they saw it, but they did.

    1. Don’t you think it’s more like P.K. Dick?

      Plus, gives a feeling how the NSA analysts monitor skype calls.

  2. Looks like I wasn’t the only one who thought the result would be inevitably filled with porn.

  3. You left off the last sentence of his statement, “and yet, despite all the suspect crap I say about my work the flashing pictures do entertain for a few minutes.”

  4. NSFW?
    If your computer can scream randomized white noise at you while flashing wildly, I imagine you won’t get fired for a half second of staged humping.  

  5. I like the project, but I tire of the piracy framing. I realise I am being a technological determinist, but it seems obvious that you can’t sell content in the digital age *unless* the market adapts to computers, rather than adapting computers to the markets which developed with analog media. Part of me knows the market will inevitably change, but I’m simultaneously anxious that we will end up legislating changes to computers, and find ways to pay rent to the old industry ala media taxes for example. Simultaneously, I encounter no end to the line of filmmakers looking to get into Hollywood instead of declaring it bankrupt and beginning independently, re-inventing cinema for the digital age. I want to ignore all of it, but I can’t help myself. 

    Great timing BTW, considering the NSA/tech giant surveillance story and in the UK the latest campaign against torrent sites by the content industry/police.

  6. “It’s like standing beside the information superhighway, and watching the cars pass by.” – Me

  7. when we were first getting video streams and everyone complained of the ‘postage-stamp’ size and the buffering and etc., I thought then that the future of the internet was crazy piracy of streams, broken and intangible, data firing everywhere and chaotically organized… I seriously thought this was where the  future of data transfer was headed, exciting and ‘new frontier’ avante garde art/content. Google’s “i feel lucky’ was prescient, I thought, of the content that would be available to me.
    Though the present internet is nothing of the sort, this project is a great way to refresh that potential of an alternate  “New Order of the Ages” into facebooked minds.

  8. I demand to know why it took about 50 seconds before the first porn clip showed up. Something is not right here, it should be like HALF porn.

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