A flock of two-dimensional robots drifts down a blue screen. Roll over one, and a male or female symbol from public restrooms flashes, assigning a gender to the sexless machine. Click on a robot, and it emits a vibrating chord. David Crawford's exercise in Flash animation seems like a sharp contrast to Stop Motion Studies
, his long-term project that explores modes of public behavior by using Flash MX to animate photographs of passengers on buses and trains. But the attention to identity and motion in Light of Speed vs. Rhizome
hints at a common bond.