Monday, August 07, 2006

Cell Phone Disco

Cell Phone Disco by Auke Touwslager and Ursula Lavrencic is a playful experimental installation made out of flashing cells. By multiplication of a mobile phone gadget, only slightly altered consumer product, they created a space to experience the invisible body of the mobile phone.

The Cell Phone Disco installation has two parts:

Flashing cells with sensors of higher sensitivity are used to detect electromagnetic radiation of active mobile phone in a range of approximately a meter. This way a sort of aura appears around the phone, revealing a part of it's invisible body.

While the user moves around talking on his cell phone, this aura follows the conversation as a light shadow through the space.

Much less sensitive cells are used to create a canvas for an inkless marker. The LEDs get activated only by an extreme proximity of the electromagnetic source. Moving the phone close to the cells therefore leaves a trace of light, an electromagnetic drawing.

CELL PHONE DISCO (aka MOBILE DISCO) went into premiere at the Lamball Bakra exhibition, Showroom MAMA in Rotterdam.


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