The Johnny Cash Project

Aaron Koblin

US, 2010-11

The Johnny Cash Project is a global collective art project. Alpha-ville in collaboration with the JCP offer visitors the opportunity to watch, explore and participate at our Innovation Space.The JCP invites people to share their vision of Johnny Cash, as visualised in your personal mind’s eye using their website as a tool and platform for this vision. Working with a single image as a template, and using a custom drawing tool, users create a unique and personal portrait of Johnny. The single work is then combined with that of other participants, and integrated into a collective whole.Strung together and played in sequence over a particular song, the portraits create a moving, ever evolving homage to this beloved musical icon.  As more new users discover and contribute to the project, this living portrait continues to transform and grow, meaning that with every viewing, each videos is entirely different.Koblin is an artist specializing in data and digital technologies. His work takes real-world and community generated data and uses it to reflect on cultural trends and the changing relationship between humans and technology. His projects have been shown at international festivals including Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, OFFF, the Japan Media Arts Festival, and TED. He received the National Science foundation’s first place award for science visualization and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Two of his music video collaborations have been Grammy nominated. He received his MFA in Design|Media Arts from UCLA. In 2010 Aaron was the Abramowitz Artist in Residence at MIT and currently leads the Data Arts Team in Google’s Creative Lab.

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  1. By Alpha-Ville 2011 | Saint Uffido on October 8, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    [...] over the internet and carried out live) that shows the digital realm’s more human face; and The Johnny Cash Project (crowd sourced with no real way for the outcome to be controlled) demonstrates why we should still [...]

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