Network Effect

  • Jonathan Harris, Greg Hochmuth
  • United States
  • 2015
  • Interactive
  • Jonathan Harris Retrospective, DocLab Program

This interactive collage featuring a never-ending torrent of video clips, messages, figures, lists and other visual noise plays with our natural desire to see and follow everything. A click on one of the keywords at the top of the screen sets off tens of thousands of internet search results. The word "sing," for example, triggers a wave of singers and a cacophony of Twitter messages about the pleasure of singing. An antagonizing counter indicates how many people are singing at that moment, while graphics illustrate the frequency of the word on the internet, and a rolling newsfeed announces topical singing-related matters. The agitated hubbub of the tweets being read aloud and a background heartbeat further enhance the sense of urgency we experience. Indeed, time is running out. The data can only be watched once every 24 hours, and viewing time is limited to just a few minutes—depending on the average life expectancy in your country. This is a provocative encounter, with the internet taking on the role of seducer, mirage and intoxicant.

Credits

  • color
Director
Jonathan Harris, Greg Hochmuth
Production
Jonathan Harris, Greg Hochmuth

IDFA history

2017
Screened
Jonathan Harris Retrospective
DocLab Program
2015
World Premiere
IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling
DocLab: Seamless Reality
DocLab Program

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