News Wheel as presented at Long Beach City College combines Jody Zellen's graphical interface with Daniel Rothman's audio installation, literally spinning the traditional newspaper and radio platforms for news reportage, through their web-based mediums.
Projected on the wall as a spinning pie is a news wheel accessing 9 popular printed international news outlets. Gallery visitors touch an iPad screen in the center of the room to stop it, yielding their headlines in real time, which she/he may rearrange by dragging words for relevance or poetic content to create a news haiku, like a Duchamp cut-up.
Around the space are 8 small loudspeakers, from which news from 8 radio stations (at low volume) spin from speaker to speaker, at the same rate as the projected pie. The spinning audio stops when the pie is stopped--one station per channel--and their composite audio can be aurally perceived as whatever local, national, international, and fake environment is broadcast at that time.
News Wheel was programmed by Z Sweedyk and made possible via a 2016 artist fellowship from the City of Santa Monica.
As presented in S/Election
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
October 16, 2016 - January 8, 2017
News Wheel is an interactive app that explores the poetics of ever changing news headlines. It begins as a static disk divided into nine sections each representing a different news source and tinted a different color. The sources include: Asian Age, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The National, New York Daily News, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. On the iPad or iPhone when the app is launched, tapping anywhere on the screen causes the wheel to spin. Another tap stops the wheel and suddenly a headline in one of the nine pre-selected colors appears on the screen. This playful interface invites users to start and stop the wheel eventually filling the screen with a collage of current headlines. Individual words can be deleted and repositioned so users can create their own poems from this content. In addition, dragging one's finger across the screen creates an animated chain of fragmented and poetic text derived from today's headline news.
News Wheel is a creative and poetic way to view, juxtapose and interpret world events from myriad and divergent sources.
Click here for the free News Wheel app.
Code and Noise, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, September 8 - October 9, 2016
News Wheel Installation specs
An iPad station/stand is placed over a printed image that mirrors the splash screen of the app. The printed image is 4 feet in diameter and printed on vinyl. The iPad is connected via a HDMI cable to theprojector. The projection fills the wall floor to ceiling. Viewers interact with the iPad (only one at a time) to change current headlines in real-time. The headlines can be rearranged and reconfigured by the user.
1 iPad with the News Wheel app
1 HDMI Cable
1 iPad stand
1 Cable to power iPad that also has the HDMI connection