Titles by Beth Coleman and Howard Goldkrand

Vernacular Live from Electronic America

2003, Open GL, downloaded application

Vernacular Live from Electronic America is driven by the idea that new media interface culture inspires new means of information exchange. A standalone application and a multi-media performance instrument, Vernacular furthers Coleman and Goldkrand's investigation towards the practice of "cultural alchemy."

Writes Coleman and Goldkrand, "Vernacular is an interactive software droid. It is an associate data processor whose function is to augment our use and understanding of the information culture in which we are immersed. We're artists of the Star Wars generation. We grew up with cybernetic visions of a twenty-first century. Buck Rodgers looked old school, our future was intelligent robots like R2D2 that did not merely respond, but transformed the data flow around us. Vernacular addresses the meta-language of "infomatix". It is a software in which the associative patterns of one's data is rendered in molecular form. Written in Open GL, Vernacular is based on a flocking algorithm."


Vernacular requires Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) or later. For best performance, a graphics card with at least 32 MB of ram is recommended.

View Demo | Download Vernacular

Created by Howard Goldkrand and Beth Coleman.
Programmed by Andrew Zeldis.

This project was funded, in part, by a Cultural Challenge grant from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.