Golan Levin with Kamal Nigam and Jonathan Feinberg|
The Dumpster, 2006
Dumpster is the first in a series of three works co-commissioned in collaboration with Tate Online. Critical
texts and video interviews with the artists will accompany the works at
The Dumpster is an
interactive online visualization that attempts to depict a slice through the romantic
lives of American teenagers. Using real postings extracted from millions of online
blogs, visitors to the project can surf through tens of thousands of specific
romantic relationships in which one person has "dumped" another. The project's
graphical tools reveal the astonishing similarities, unique differences, and underlying
patterns of these failed relationships, providing both peculiarly analytic and
sympathetically intimate perspectives onto the diversity of global romantic pain.
note: The Dumpster requires the Java
browser plug-in, and includes a 450kB download (perhaps 2 minutes on a 28.8k modem).
Text: Lev Manovich,
Levin's work combines equal measures of the whimsical, the provocative,
and the sublime in a wide variety of online, installation and performance media.
He teaches electronic art at Carnegie Mellon University and is represented by
bitforms gallery, New York.
Nigam has expertise in data mining and machine learning, with an emphasis
on analyzing text and internet data. Until recently Kamal was the Director of
Applied Research at Intelliseek, and is now at the new Google engineering office
Feinberg takes pride in executing the invisible-yet-essential. He works
in the Collaborative User Experience group at IBM Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
As a drummer he has worked with such bands as They Might Be Giants, Lisa Loeb,
and Church of Betty.