WORD WARS - News from the Empire

"Word wars" is a series of short videos that make you look at world news from a different perspective.

  • Julien Deswaef
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Generative, Series, War, News, bot
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 20, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Kurtzfilmfestival Köln
    November 21, 2015
Director Biography - Julien Deswaef

Julien Deswaef is a designer, creative coder and versatile artist. Active both in visual art as well as in coding, he has the ability to transform "plastic ideas" into digital realities. He regularly collaborates with artists in the world of entertainment, music, plastic and digital arts. Engaged in Open Source and Free Softwares as an ethical principle, relevantly provides the connection between the visual arts, the world of contemporary images and the most advanced aspects in digital research.

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Director Statement

WORD WARS is a series of videos generated by filtering the news from the New York Times based on war related keywords and representing them in a short video clip mimicking the famous STAR WARS opening crawl.

Everything is generated daily and automatically using free and open source software and published on the dedicated Youtube channel. The full process will be completed and a video will be published if at least one news from the NYT RSS feed mentions "war" or a related subjet.

The empire is at war since its creation and its media does not fail to remind us of that, every single day. The YES MEN may announce the opposite, there is no end to eternal war. It may be with Eurasia today or Ocearia tomorrow, tension is on the rise. And doesn’t that feel better with John Williams’ score.