Crash is the title of an interactive multimedia installation that focuses on the ground zero of the recent financial crisis – the desks of bankers, brokers and traders. The installation puts the user in the panoptic position of a stock trader, who experiences and influences a particular representation of reality on his monitors. Thereby Crash is half a simulation whilst the other half is some sort of reality check. The left of the two screens displays software that includes charts and actual stock exchange data from March 2008 to March 2009. It resembles existing stock trading programmes and processes the stock quotes of 18 of the world’s most influential companies and conglomerates. The right screen correlates a second reality to the stock quotes, and it is the world of coincidence, accident and news coverage. Both realities are tightly tied together. If a quote drops, the accident on the timeline progresses, influences both, image and sound, and reverse. The user is able to activate and to deactivate the quotes and therewith the video and sound track just like on a sampler. The quotes overlay not only eachother but also the video and sound tracks concurrently. Soon the initial order gets more and more chaotic until eventually, all of the 18 quotes being activated, the tracks merge into a vast meta crash.
Crash - A stock trader's desk
Installation shot: Candid Gallery, June 2009
Installation shot, detail: Candid Gallery, June 2009
Moving image: Stock quote of Citigroup (March 2008 – March 2009)
Moving image: Stock quote of Procter & Gamble (March 2008 – March 2009)
Moving image: Stock quote of General Electric (March 2008 – March 2009)
Moving image: Stock quotes of Boeing, Citigroup, General Electric and Procter & Gamble (March 2008 – March 2009)

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This is the online portfolio for motion and design projects and related research of Nico Roicke. I'm a graduate of MA Communication Design, pathway Digital Media, at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. Also I'm part of the motion design studios Sir ja sir and Buchstabenschubser.

Beside motion graphics (or motion design, if you prefer) I'm the co-founder of the fanzine and weblog Jackpot Baby! - New digital pop culture (all texts unfortunately in German language) and I write for Berlin's finest Webblog Spreeblick - Pop, Politics, Products & Positions (German again). Go and catch up some of my latest tweets on Twitter (English and German, it's really hard to tell) or take a glance at some of my Flickr pics and Vimeo vids.