iTunesLib vr. Highly d/Effective

TITLE: iTunesLib vr. Highly d/Effective
DIMENSIONS: infinitely variable
MATERIALS:  iTunes 9.2 (61), corrupt music library, raw data, snippets of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen R. Covey
YEAR: 2011
Instructions, TXT, & download available at—/iTunesLib/

I love systems. While working on a project (for example; this one) I often catch myself becoming distracted by productivity porn. If I could augment my own systems–If I could only be more efficient, more organized, more effective–then I could really Get Things Done. The ideas would flow… Work would be a breeze…

This tendency has lead to an extensive collection of self-help and motivational materials over the years. I enjoy exploring others’ recommendations and rubrics for boosting success, though I can never seem to fully implement them. I think this is due to the reality that my organization is messy, my methods are deconstructive, and my process is antithetical to the promise of perfection.

In iTunesLib vr. Highly d/Effective I am dancing on the grey line that exists betwixt my investigations and investments in motivational systems, organizational systems, and disordered systems.

iTunesLib is a continuation/component of my “Prepared Desktop” explorations, where I create kludgy situations and performative frameworks within popular software and familiar operating system components/conventions. Prepared Desktop is a dirty-new-media practice that playfully engages software as material. The version Highly d/Effective was created for Hang In There, a show curated by Jason Lazarus, June 17 – July 02, 2011 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL.

iTunesLib is a realtime database installation consisting of a computer running Mac OS X, iTunes (8+), a Library of ~1 second MP3s with unique metadata for the Name, Artist, Album, and Album Art. The unique metadata (a series of random letters from a password generator) results in iTunes treating every file as it’s own entity, or in this case, a unique musical unit. When played back, these units create a composition. This renders the modified/prepared instance of iTunes as an instrument/system. If the Library contains the range of the instrument/system, the playback of that range is the composition. Shuffling the playback of the database creates a constantly evolving, never ending, aleatoric composition.

The data in the Highly d/Effective version of iTunesLib is sourced and processed from the book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen R. Covey. First published in 1989, the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is self-help book organized around approaches to being effective in attaining one’s goals.  iTunesLib vr. Highly d/Effective is a playful Cover-Flow-Zoetrope  remix/meditation of my relationship to that material.

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