Overscan is a video artwork by Sosolimited that perpetually watches, deconstructs, and transforms a live television broadcast.
Installed above the bar at Firebrand Saints in Cambridge, the piece is composed of five television screens. The leftmost screen displays the live television - showing whatever channel it is set to - and the four screens on the right cycle through a series of transformations.
Custom software looks for patterns in the video, such as faces, and maintains a memory of what it has seen. The text of the closed caption feed is extracted and analyzed with language processing software. Certain words - including emotional language and selected topics - are highlighted and recorded.
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