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 was born 1963 in Blackpool, England. He moved to London in 1984 to study Philosophy. After studying film making and animation he co-founded the production company Chromatose Films making music videos for the London independent music scene whilst creating artistic films and videos for events and exhibitions. In 1995 he moved to Berlin where he continues to make short films, videos and video installations. Recent exhibitions: FILE-RIO 2006, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; FILE 2005, São Paulo, Brazil.