automated beacon

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Thomson & Craighead (Alison Craighead, Jon Thomson)
2005
Description

Automated Beacon collects and presents real-time queries from various search engines, creating a poetic portrait of the collective, networked consciousness.

Rhizome staff
2021

Automated Beacon is a project that collects and relays in real time, queries being made on various search engines. The beacon acts as a silent witness: a feedback loop providing a global snapshot of ourselves to ourselves in real-time.

Thomson & Craighead (Alison Craighead, Jon Thomson)
28 February 2007

At 00.00hrs on January 1st 2005 an automated beacon began broadcasting on the web at http://www.automatedbeacon.net
The beacon continuously relays selected live web searches as they are being made around the world, presenting them back in series and at regular intervals as a kind of concrete poetry.
The beacon has been instigated to act as a silent witness: a feedback loop providing a global snapshot of ourselves to ourselves in real-time, while occupying a kind of nostalgic now-ness.

Thomson & Craighead (Alison Craighead, Jon Thomson)
28 February 2007
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2005
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28 February 2007
Thomson & Craighead (Alison Craighead, Jon Thomson)