Jason Salavon: The Late Night Triad
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To create the video work The Late Night Triad, American artist Jason Salavon obsessively recorded hundreds of hours of programming from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and “Late Show with David Letterman.”
Salavon then wrote code in the C programming language that generated the frame-by-frame mean average of pixel values from 64 different nights of each of these shows. The resulting looped triptych projection is accompanied by the averaged sound from all of the programs, resulting in an experience in which the viewer sees and hears all 192 of these introductory sequences simultaneously.