• :Ted Davis
  • Online video installation, endless, 2016
  • @Beau Rivage

A youtube.pawgorithm [pɑːwgəˌrɪðəm] is a set of steps in recreating the sensation of a cat walking across the computer keyboard, sporadically pressing keys with its paws. 

While there is software to prevent this from happening, youtube.pawgorithm exists to help one find obscure data within online media platforms, lost to the frenzy of likes, promotion, suggestions and views. youtube.pawgorithm generates a paw (hash with 14+ million possibilities) and searches for media that was seemingly named in the same way that it’s now found. youtube.pawgorithm focuses on the YouTube platform, where 300+ hours of video have been uploaded by the time you’ve read this sentence. While getting lost in the void, hopefully this work will help you find that unique side of humanity that a 50,000,000+ viewed video fails to do. 

Videos are only selected if they are under 60 seconds long and have fewer than 60 views.

About artist

Ted Davis is an American media artist / designer / educator based in Basel, Switzerland, where he teaches interaction design and coordinates the UIC/HGK International Master of Design program within the Visual Communication Institute.

The Basel School of Design HGK FHNW. His work and teachings explore the volatility of digital media through glitch and reactivating older ‘new media’ through newer programming means. His open source projects (basil.js, XYscope, P5LIVE) enable designers to program within Adobe InDesign, render vector graphics on vector displays, and collaboratively create live coded visuals. 

With international exhibits, lectures and workshops, he empowers students to take hold of the computer’s ability to design possibilities beyond that of the hand or mouse.

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