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An Astronaut looks down on Earth and sees a stream of unnamed YouTube videos.

2011 Andrew Wong,James Thompson
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“ was born out of an exploration into what a modern incarnation of television would feel like. We wanted to preserve the sense of immediacy in television, but bring a stronger feeling of rawness in the moment. In some ways, it is an answer to the question “What would a foreign being see if they could point a telescope at random places on earth?”

Andrew Wong and James Thompson, Authors

Astronaut.IO presents a constant stream of unnamed and unedited YouTube videos — possibly uploaded directly from the recording device — against the backdrop of Earth from space. This simple yet smart structure allows the user to view mundane slices of life with interest, something documentary filmmakers strive to achieve often with complicated processes of production! Each video stays on the screen for a few seconds, then switches to the next one, unless the user taps the linger button. Random juxtapositions of unchoreographed, fleeting moments are what make this experience truly pleasant and poetic.

Project at a Glance :

Language : EN
Country : United States
Year : 2011
Author : Andrew Wong,James Thompson
Producer : Andrew Wong,James Thompson
Developers : Andrew Wong,James Thompson
Designers : Andrew Wong,James Thompson
Topics : Digital Technology,Global Community
Technologies : Javascript,SmoothPlayer,,Video,YouTube API
Techniques : generative media,Live,Remix,Streaming
Funders AND Incubators : Andrew Wong,James Thompson
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