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#Carbonfeed: A New Media Installation and Conversation about Technology, Art, and the Environment

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April 13, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Daggett Lounge

With the advent of social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, humans have increased their production of digital content and consequently their carbon emissions. Even a simple Google search has been estimated to generate 0.2 grams of CO2. To keep pace with growing online media, there is an increasing dependence upon data centers, which now account for two percent of US electricity consumption. 

#Carbonfeed, a new media project on view at the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library April 13 through May 13, directly challenges the popular notion that virtuality is disconnected from reality. Through sonifying Twitter feeds and correlating individual tweets with a physical, data visualization in public spaces, the work reveals the environmental cost of online behavior and its supportive physical infrastructure.

Join project creators John Park and Jon Bellona at a reception to discuss and introduce the installation and to encourage all participants to take part by tweeting #carbonfeed and #bowdoin throughout its placement. Your tweet will trigger the installation while emitting 0.02g/C02e. 

Park received his M.F.A. in Computer Art from State University of New York, Buffalo in 2006, and his B.A. in Multimedia Design from the University of Oregon in 2003.

Bellona received his M.Mus. in Intermedia Music Technology from the University of Oregon, audio engineering degree from the Conservatory for Recording Arts & Sciences, and B.A. from Hamilton College. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Composition and Computer Technologies (CCT) at University of Virginia and is part of the art collective Harmonic Laboratory.

Learn more about #CarbonFeed or listen to your own Twitter feed at http://carbonfeed.org. 

Sponsored by Lectures and Concerts along with support from DCSI, Visual Arts, Music, Art History, Environmental Studies, Physics, and Government

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