VOLATILE NEXUS 2009 (Screen Shot) Launch

Volatile Nexus trawls RSS news feeds and analyses each story, picking out the words that occur most frequently. On screen, each story is seen as a moving "bubble" containing the article's lead picture and a cloud of the most-used words. Whenever two stories manifest the same word, a connecting line joins them and they are pulled towards each other.

The result is that stories from different sources (BBC, CNN, Al Arabiya) reporting on the same topic will tend to cluster and stay on-screen for longer. Conversely, stories that find no connections tend to drift off-screen more quickly. This method of finding interconnections achieves relevance on many occasions but it is fuzzy enough to throw up surprising and amusing juxtapositions too.


Tim Coe