Random Interference is a web-project and time-based installation that explores the afterlife of images and the experience of looking at photographs as a disruptive encounter. Inspired by my Photographic Interference project, approximately 100 image fragments from newspapers and online sources are randomly played in a continuously changing sequence mimicking our experience of encountering photographs both online and off. I incorporate my gaze as both imagemaker and consumer.

 

The foundation for the project is my collection of approximately 5,000 New York Times news sections. I began saving the front-page section of the New York Times in March 1999 when NATO started bombing Serbia during the Kosovo War. My idea was to have a stack of newspapers that signified a war. When the cease-fire was signed, a true resolution had not been reached, so I kept collecting. The World Trade Center was attacked, and I kept collecting. I have not stopped.

 

To situate the project in the present, I continually add images from the international media to the sequence.

 

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Image: installation view of Random Interference, exhibited in a shipping container at Photoville in Brooklyn, June, 2012.

 

Thanks to the Agustin Sevilla of Typefold Inc. for web programming. The original iteration of Random Intefrence appeared in e-misférica, volume 9, "On the Subject of Archives".