|Born||Jeffrey Robert Crouse
September 10, 1980
|Education||New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study, MS from Georgia Institute of Technology|
|Known for||Internet Art|
|Notable work(s)||Invisible Threads|
|Awards||2008 Turbulence Commission, 2008 Sundance New Frontiers|
Crouse's undergraduate study in Computer Science and Fiction Writing led to creating works that continued the history of automatic writing through using computers, code, and dynamic sources on the internet. Interactive Frank, for example, used sources on the internet to create dynamically generated audio programs reminiscent of public radio pioneer, Joe Frank. Another example is ChinASCII a video game based on the life Charles Bukowski.
In order to facilitate his projects, Jeff Crouse developed Switchboard a library for Processing. Switchboard allows "artists and designers to easily use a variety of live data sources for digital art".
After completing a Master of Science degree in Information Design and Technology at Georgia Tech in 2006, Crouse began a Production Fellowship at Eyebeam in 2006 and in 2007 he became a Senior Fellow.
Crouse's more current works have kept their roots in automatic writing while moving towards humorous criticism and analysis of internet culture and outsourcing labor in virtual worlds like Second Life.
- Invisible Threads (aka Double Happiness Jeans or Double Happiness Manufacturing) - a collaboration with Stephanie Rothenberg. Double Happiness is a sweatshop manufacturing plant in Second Life to build jeans based on orders made in real life. The jeans are designed and assembled in the factory and then delivered back into real life by being printed on fabric via a large format printer. The result is a tangible, wearable (however impractical) pair of pants. The project began in 2007 and was shown at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in the New Frontiers exhibition.
- You3b - a YouTube triptych generator (2007)
- Earthify - maps craigslist posts onto Google Earth
- Unlogo - a software library which removes corporate logos from video footage