For artist Ashley Zelinskie's opening at Lightbox, Gabe collaborated with her to create an animation that would immerse the viewer in code by placing them in the “brain” of a computer. As the code fills up the room, wrapping the viewer in text, the computer struggles to continue processing the data. Glitches appear creating beautiful digital disasters. The computer finally crashes in a blaze of glitch glory. The source of the data used is from a blank video file.
After discussing the concept with Ashley, Gabe wrote an app that generates a video animation based on a text file containing the source code of the canvas. It can output to any resolution (in this case, the size of Lightbox's projection mapped room was used, 5150x800 pixels). The parametric app allowed for an iterative design process to dial in the right typeface, spacing, and pace of the animation.