Alexander Taylor:

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☂ London
✉ a@alexandertaylor.org



Projects

Blissify.io

2016



A pseudo-startup product exploring filter bubbles, 'solutionism' and the quantified self -- Blissify is a functional browser extension for Google Chrome that uses emotion detection technology to automatically block the pages that are making the user unhappy. See more and download. Press: Fast Co. Design, The Creators Project, Vocativ, Prosthetic Knowledge

3GTV

2016



An immersive viewing platform/automated web-based TV channel dedicated to the one million or so .3gp* files that have found their way onto Youtube, with the option to narrow video selections down to specific regions and categories. With thanks to Rhizome, who commissioned it as part of their microgrants program (see blog post here).

Designed to be viewed with Google Chrome.

 *A largely extinct file container that was most popular during the first wave of video-playing mobile phones.

HEAP CUTS

2015



Collaboration with Jason Friedman (of The Hundred In The Hands) for New Ancestors. A critique of digital absorption and waste from within a utopian plane of consumption, Heap Cuts examines the individual promise of, and consolidated power-structures for, de-materialized music creation and consumption. View it here (/mirror).

Contentbot.net

2015



Contentbot is a virtual AI participant in the online attention economy, relentlessly seeking out new content to engage with & share on a 24/7 basis. Tweets are occasionally constructed via rudimentary sentiment analysis. Watch it work in real time. Press: Gawker, Prosthetic Knowledge, Motherboard [Vice]

A.P.G.T.H. (All phones go to heaven)



Vignette on the neutrality of technology -- an imagined purgatory for the dying cellphone, with tweets transmitted in real-time.

Softloops

Video

An experiment in abstract image creation via Youtube's overexcitable automated facial blocking technology - the conclusion to the piece, a series of selected stills, can be seen here, while a streaming 'easy-watching tv-channel' version of the project can be found at softloops.net.


Media

An Audio Dictionary of EDM Vocal Hook Phrases (2015 wordlist, Abridged, Distorted for License Agreement Compliance)

2017




psd.psd

Image Series



Small image series created by iterating Photoshop CS5 filters upon themselves until they reveal hidden/surprising elements of their own logic.


Documents

Garbage Collection: Some Visuals & Sketches from 2013-2015

2016 Book



Size: A4
Pages: 94
Format: PDF
Published: 2016
Download link: http://www102.zippyshare.com/v/rriokEp1/file.html

Little Fluffy Clouds: Examples of Representations of 'The Cloud' in Marketing Material, Circa 2014

2016 Book



Size: A4
Pages: 28
Format: PDF
Published: 2016
Download link: http://www93.zippyshare.com/v/wP2rJea0/file.html

Outsourced Essays

2014 Book



A collection of eleven hypothetical concepts for essays outsourced to content mills; bulk producers of textual content specifically written to satisfy search engine ranking algorithms, often mass-generated via semi-automated content spinning software. Each essay is printed as it was originally received by the seller.

Pages: 36
Format: Self-published hardback
Published: 2014

Selected excerpts here.


Misc

Tree HD

2016

Tree HD v1 (w/ HUD)
Created for the EO1 display as part of a commission for Electric Objects, Tree HD is a virtual tree growing in real time. Taking 10 years from it's initial generation to reach maturation, details such as simulated co2 levels, leaf count, and trunk measurements can be tracked via the display. An extension of an earlier web-based project, http://tree.watch.

Gestures Brush Pack

Things



Set of 20+ Photoshop brushes (.abr format) made from the remnants of misc taps/drags/swipes. Preview -- DL (CC0).

3310/2015

Image Series 3D

plainfolio

Web App



Column based portfolio with tags, embedding, wysiwyg editing, rss, pdf conversion, etc. Requires server with Ruby/Rails installed, basic installation instructions provided. Demo here, source code here.

insecure composition

Website


An inefficient artwork that automatically adjusts itself based on viewer visit times. Read more / view.

Feeling Lucky

Things Tools


Three modified Google search bars:

  1. '...claustrophobic' returns your search results with the top 1000 most visited websites removed (data via Alexa.com, Jan 2015).
  2. '...overstimulated' returns your search results only after a one hour wait time has passed.
  3. '...nostalgic' puts emphasis on search results dating between 1991 and 2005.

GIF Thing

GIF Web App Things Service Streaming



Creates a perpetual, randomized, full-screen montage sequence out of submitted GIFs.