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If it bleeds, it leads

An installation by Caleb Larsen, is a compelling commentary on the public love affair with tragic stories and dramatic deaths.? In the piece, software continuously scans news headlines of 4,500 news sources, looking for mentions of human deaths. Each time it finds an article, an algorithm determines the number of deaths, and relays an instruction to a ceiling-mounted mechanism built from Legos.? The mechanism then drops one yellow “BB” to represent each person reported dead. During the course of the installation, BBs will accumulate on the floor, contributing to an ever-growing constellation, ultimately forming a sort of shrine to murder. “Conflicts and wars dramatically affect the activity seen in the piece. At times hundreds of pellets fire off in rapid succession, while other times a lone BB falls to the ground.”