This project is a playful inquiry into what work is. I learned Python in Sam Lavigne’s class Detourning the Web in 2018 at NYU’s ITP during my graduate studies. I used Python to scrape the results of the search terms from a to z that followed the string "work is ____". I used the resulting phrases on top of a video collage I put together using watermarked footage from Shutterstock. I felt no impulse to remove the watermark and decided to leave it in order to indicate that this footage, just like the phrases, is scraped and assembled content from the internet.
This particular project was inspired by Sam Lavigne’s Why Do We Work So Hard and Ellen Nichols’ The Answer Is, a friend and fellow classmate in Detourning the Web and friend. It was Ellen’s code that I reworked for this project.