Dan Torop works with one camera, some film, photo paper, several computer languages, and some words. He lives in Brooklyn and has been teaching a class at NYU Steinhardt.
His EDAR project, "Ashley," consists of a software application that will create an auditory interpretation of the process of searching the Gottesman Libraries databases. The project will parse library data, and will then use text-to-speech technology to speak/sing/chant the emerging data structure. "Ashley" will also consist of a screen-based visualization of the flow of data. The resulting project will be displayed in Gottesman Libraries at one or more public computer terminals. The project investigates and develops creative alternatives for communicating the relationships between bodies of information such as art collections, library book catalogs, and historical archives.