Station 51000

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2014
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CC Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
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This bot draws from a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) buoy which gathers oceanic and atmospheric data and mashes it up with text from Moby Dick. The buoy became unmoored on March 10, 2013 and was set adrift—still transmitting data—in the Pacific Ocean until found on November 4, 2015. The result of combining snippets of live data from this floating bot with text from Moby Dick grounds its maritime language in a real and changing yet geographically distant and indeterminate present. Surf this bot’s poetic wanderings to explore real and imagined seas. (Source: Editorial Statement from the works collection site)

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Twitter bot, sample output available

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Sebastian Cortes