In an urban and networked landscape characterized by algorithmic precision and economic practicalities, Missed Connections is a reflection upon the romantic notions of chance encounters and unrequited desire.
Missed Connections is a data-mining project using text from the “Missed Connections” section of craigslist.com, which will then be projected onto a roving screen and various building facades around Ballston. This website is used by the public as a last ditch effort to contact someone that they had briefly connected with, or had hoped to connect with. Posting in “Missed Connections” is akin to saying a prayer or making a wish; one has few illusions of receiving a reply, but the act of posting a message allows one to entertain hope that this time something improbable just might happen.
The projections in Ballston will trace the shifting boundaries of private life and public space – both the virtual public space of message boards, and the physical public space of streets and squares. By making public these private desires and longings, Missed Connections reflects on, and celebrates, the human impulse to connect and the ways that serendipitous encounters in urban places can change our lives.