Liam Ze'ev O'Connor MVI_0613

Video generated by custom algorithm, in progress.
18:00min

This piece is titled for the esoteric connotations of the number 613 and video file name protocols used in consumer cameras. In Jewish mysticism, 613 is associated with the divine, the number of commandments, and the number of bones and sinews contained within the human body. This algorithm randomly selects 6.13 second clips from internet videos, generating an endless loop in the search for traces of the divine on YouTube. The result is alternately monotonous, unsettling, or poetic as it cycles between footage of dogs, babies, monster trucks, unboxing videos, obscure ceremonies, and intimate moments in the lives of complete strangers.