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This is what happens to a frog after a day on the Internet

Posted by Kevin Hartnett  February 12, 2013 12:29 PM

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The first time I saw these sculptures, it took me a minute to realize what was going on. They are the creation of London-based sculptor Jonty Hurwitz, who uses a computer program to take a two-dimensional picture of an object and skew it into a grotesque, three-dimensional design that he fabricates out of metal. Then, by positioning the distorted sculpture in front of a cylindrical mirror, he's able to draw the image back into its original form. On YouTube Hurwitz explains that his work is a statement about the ways that powerful algorithms-on Google, Facebook, Amazon- influence our behavior all the time. It's unclear, however, whether there's a similar reconstituting trick for our everyday lives.

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Images courtesy of Jonty Hurwitz

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