The video below titled “Iterating My Way Into Oblivion,” features a guy listening to a computer voice reading YouTube’s terms of service. It slowly drives him insane. It’s actually an ongoing, auto-generative piece of digital art. According to the artist, Carlo Zanni, the basic narrative is filmed, and whenever YouTube changes its TOS, the new text is rendered as audio by text-to-speech software and inserted into the film. As the company continues to update legalese, new audio will be inserted and the film will change.
For “Iterating My Way Into Oblivion,” Zanni says he purposefully references George Orwell’s 1984 by “speculating on the relationships between creative energies and corporate policies evoking the morphing of enlightened arcana into established powers.”