Crowd Sourced Condo
Crowd Sourced Condo is a multimedia installation that juxtaposes real space and information space through the creation of an interactive media sculpture shaped by the remotely collected narratives of call center workers in New Delhi, India. The sculpture’s main interface will be generated in real-time by six simultaneous video feeds to workers at a call center in urban New Delhi. The audio, spatial, and personal data associated with participants in Ithaca is shared with participants in Delhi who in turn share their own data. The media shared by Delhi/Ithaca participants is aggregated into a single visualization that results in a collaborative “space” or generative virtual architecture formed by the discreet media contributed by each participant.
As a critique of increasing corporate use of the internet as a means to aggregate large numbers of web users to complete computational tasks — called “crowd sourcing” — Crowd Sourced Condo reverses the power dynamic of this practice. By allowing intimate exchange between the Indian call-center workers and participants in the gallery, the project seeks to represent an ad hoc subjectivity as the foundation on which future architectures and transcultural spaces can emerge.
The project was made possible through collaboration with new media artist and performer Amitesh Grover of New Delhi, India.