Corona TV Bot

Video Artist: Marc Lee
Country: Year: Duration: 2 min 59 sec


Short excerpt of an 6-hour screenshot video of the net-based media art work Corona TV Bot recorded on 20 April 2020, 18:30. 

The Corona TV Bot thematises and reflects the Coronavirus Pandemic through social media contributions. On hashtags like Coronavirus and COVID-19, the latest Twitter and YouTube news are interwoven into a wild TV show, 24/7 online. Images, tweets and videos flicker across the screen in real time in this net art project. Time-based resources that combine both worldwide professional broadcasts and very private content published by individuals on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. While, as users of social networks we typically only ever see variants of our own opinions mirrored back to us on social media, TV Bot is intended to confront us with views beyond the bounds of these echo-chambers, due to it universally picking up all searched for hashtag posts on a non-critical basis. 

Recordings of the 24/7 online net art work Corona TV Bot. 

During the coronavirus pandemic, a 6-hour screen capture was recorded every 198 hours (every eight days at different times of the day and night) over two years to capture the pandemic news from different parts of the world. These 6-hour historical resources can be confronted with each other in a time-based sequence, for example, to make cultural, economic and political factors, differences, development and change comprehensible. 

Marc Lee

Marc Lee is a Swiss artist. He is experimenting with information and communication technologies and within his contemporary art practice, he reflects critically creative, cultural, social, ecological and political aspects. In this context he is creating network-oriented interactive art projects: interactive installations, media art, internet art, performance art, video art, augmented reality (AR) art, virtual reality (VR) art and mobile art apps. 


His works are exhibited in major Museums and new media art exhibitions including: ZKM Karlsruhe, New Museum New York, Transmediale Berlin, Ars Electronica Linz, HMKV Dortmund, HEK Basel, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Read_Me Festival Moscow, CeC Dehli, MoMA Shanghai, ICC Tokyo, Nam June Paik Art Center, Media Art Biennale and MMCA Seoul. 


He is lecturing, teaching and holding workshops about art and software art in many schools including the China Academy of Art (CAA) Hangzhou, Strelka Moscow, Shanghai Institute of Visual Art (SIVA), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) Seoul and ZHdK Zurich. 


Marc Lee he has won many prizes and honorary mentions at international festivals, including “Interaction” and “Software” Awards at Transmediale Berlin and the Social-Media-Art-Award at Phaenomenale Wolfsburg. His art projects are in private and public collections like the Swiss Confederation Federal Art Collection Bern, HEK Basel, Fotomuseum Winthertur and the ZKM Karlsruhe.