Moveable Type

Moveable Type by Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin

 

Moveable Type, by New York artist Ben Rubin and U.C.L.A. associate professor Mark Hansen, is an artwork commissioned for the ground-floor lobby of The New York Times Building in New York City. It is a dynamic portrait of The Times. Statistical methods and natural-language processing algorithms are used to parse the daily output of the paper (news, features, editorials) and the archives, as well as the activity of visitors to NYTimes.com (browsing, searching, commenting). The resulting refracted view of The Times is displayed on 560 vacuum-fluorescent display screens installed in the lobby.

Moveable Type is located in the lobby of the New York Times Building on Eighth Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets in New York City. It is free and open to the public in the public Monday – Saturday, 8am – 7pm.

Moveable Type

 

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Photos of Moveable Type on Flickr

Press:

The New York Times
Media Bistro
 

Comments (8)

  1. [...] Watz, unlekker.net & generatorx.noMark Hansen of Ear Studio, earstudio.comNicholas Felton, feltron.comRobert Hodgin of The Barbarian Group, flight404.com & [...]

  2. [...] Laurie Anderson, Paul Virillio and Diller+Scofidio/Renfro. In 2007, he was commissioned to install Moveable Type in the NYTimes [...]

  3. [...] Moveable Type, Ben Rubin and Mark Hansen used data traffic inside the building of the New York Times as the [...]

  4. [...] For Moveable Type, Ben Rubin and Mark Hansen used data traffic inside the building of the New York Times as the artwork’s source of data. The installation gets its content from three sources: a live feed from The New York Times, capturing text and data in near real-time as the information is published; the activities and comments of visitors to The Times’  Website; and the complete Times archive dating back to 1851. [...]

  5. [...] Moveable Type by Ben Rubin and Mark Hansen, is a digital installation that reflects the movement of news in the New York Times building lobby. It pulls sentences and phrases from the newspaper’s databases, projects them onto a grid of small screens, and orchestrates the material into a series of changing sequences. Renzo Piano Architect. [...]

  6. [...] Moveable Type (which shows the movement of the daily news cycle), Ben Rubin & Mark Hansen, at Renzo Piano’s New York Times Building in Times Square. [...]

  7. [...] Moveable Type (which shows the movement of the daily news cycle), Ben Rubin  Mark Hansen, at Renzo Piano’s New York Times Building in Times Square. [...]

  8. […] an eclectic mix of pointless, humorous, personal, and profound. It reminded me of Movable Type — except here it’s people, not software, that are choosing what to […]

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