VORN is an artwork in flux. Every five minutes it scours thousands
of weblogs, searching for the four most recently posted pictures that begin with
the letters 'V', 'O', 'R', 'N'. Every five minutes, UNDERSTANDING VORN changes,
filled with fresh words and pictures from the blogosphere.
The chaotic, unpredictable nature of UNDERSTANDING VORN reflects the chaotic,
unpredictable nature of VORN
Magazine, which invites artists to create work, and then publishes whatever
they create, no matter how good, bad, or strange. VORN Magazine is a collage of
imagery from a diversity of creative minds, each with its own style, and its own
worldview. In the same way, UNDERSTANDING VORN unites unrelated creators: blog
writers publishing their pictures and thoughts. When picked by the program, these
blog writers experience the artist's 5 minutes of fame, their work shown in the
VORN grid. Then, minutes later, their work vanishes, as a new crop is chosen.
The harsh impermanence of this system stands in stark contrast to a magazine,
which is obsessed with collecting and archiving. UNDERSTANDING VORN is about experiencing
and forgetting, reflecting the transient intangibility of the online reality.
From the chaos can emerge extreme ugliness and extreme beauty, but the lack of
premeditation makes it all very human. Understanding VORN has seen suicide notes,
sex pictures, and love letters, but these poignant moments inevitably get swallowed
by time, as the program advances, obsessed with finding what's new.
Currently, UNDERSTANDING VORN culls its data from Flickr,
and from over 800,000 LiveJournal
weblogs, whose authors are primarily
teenagers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Russia. Take their posts for what
they are: the spontaneous musings of teens given a platform to speak their minds.
The posts are often silly, sometimes sad, sometimes scary, occasionally moving,
but always very candid, very real.
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