Turbulence Commission: “Crow Sourcing” by Andy Deck

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Monday 24 September 2012.

Turbulence Commission: “Crow Sourcing” by Andy Deck image

“Crow Sourcing” engages collective memory and insight to demystify and reanimate a dizzying array of sayings, idioms, and expressions that will be discussed and collected via Web, mobile, and social media until the end of 2012. The results will then be presented as printed matter.

How does the crow fly? Eager beaver, take the bull by the horns. Talk turkey and get on your high horse. Clear up the hogwash contributed by the birdbrains. Monkey around and make them eat crow. If you know a hawk from a handsaw, or have the memory of an elephant, well then, make a bee-line for the website and separate the sheep from the goats until you’re dog tired. It’s the cat’s meow.

“Crow Sourcing” is a 2012 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence website. It was made possible with funds from the Jerome Foundation.


Andy Deck produces dematerialized, ephemeral, and interactive works, specializing in participative processes and electronic media. As a net.art pioneer Deck has targeted patterns of control and expression that define contemporary media. Demonstrating the potential for open works and collaboration online, Deck’s work anticipated terminology like ‘Web 2.0.’ While the digital canvases of his Artcontext.net have continued to evolve with visual contributions from global visitors, Deck’s thematic preoccupations have turned to agit prop and culture jamming in work that encompasses anti-war, anti-corporate, and independent media culture. Deck also links online media with problematics of environmental sustainability by bridging art and eco-activism. He is a co-founder of Transnational Temps, a collective concerned with making Earth Art for the 21st Century.TM

Deck was awarded a first prize in the 2011 LÚMEN_EX Digital Art Awards. His work has been honored in numerous other contexts including Prix Ars Electronica, the Webby Awards, the Biennial of Ibiza, and the Web Biennial of Istanbul. His work has been shown at ZKM (Karlsruhe), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, PS1-MoMA (New York), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the Machida City Museum (Tokyo), amongst others. His work, which is featured by the Whitney Artport and the Tate Online, has been commissioned by these and other prestigious institutions. The artist lives and works in New York City.