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August 2020, Hemmaberg / Sv. Hema

With the spread of SARS-CoV-2, a set of rules was created that requires social distance, reduced contact and physical distance. After months of exit restrictions, quarantine and isolation, we are getting closer to each other step by step. But how close can we get to each other? And how does this new closeness make us feel?

The work made of black and white flip-dot segments, reacts to its counterpart using a sensor. Once a person approaches the binary image, the movement of the flip dot segments increases and the white components of the display accumulate. The machine seems to behave almost agitatedly if the counterpart disregards the distance rules and comes too close. It creates random mood images that are constantly being regenerated.

The flip-dot display is based on an electromechanical dot matrix technology that is usually used in public displays such as in waiting areas, train stations or on public transport. It uses a rotating device to show one of two differently colored sides of a small disc, thereby being able to present binary images or typography. In the context of the sacred environment of Hemmaberg, the machine appears almost poetic.
Flip-Dot-Display, powder-coated metal, Arduino, sensor
Metal case by Bernhard Ranner
Programming by Simon Laburda
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