Subtext - Daniel Jones




SUBTEXT - Daniel Jones

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"But the keystrokes of users on the Net connect them to a vast distributed
plane composed not merely of computers, users, and telephone lines, but all
the zeros and ones of machine code, the switches of electronic circuitry,
fluctuating waves of neurochemical activity, hormonal energy, thoughts,
desires..." -- Sadie Plant, "Zeros + Ones" (1997)

The surface of a communications network such as the Internet conceals
stratified layers of electronic interactions, invisible to the network's
users. Each time we perform a task such as surfing the web or sending an
email, we are triggering microscopic conversations between digital systems,
interactions in which we are implicit but unaware.

"Subtext" (2008) is a generative excavation into these discourses, capturing
the semantic content of a network message and transforming it into glyphs of
light which, in sequence, form sentences corresponding to a complete
electronic conversation.

Processes of "handshaking", error correction,
flow control and fragmentation are captured and visually rendered at a
rate legible to a human spectator. This creates a live text, bound by the
network protocols on which we continually yet unwittingly rely.