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May 20, 2014 AT 3:00 pm

noah feehan: FIXTURE #ArtTuesday

noah feehan: FIXTURE.

FIXTURE is an array of 60 lights; each light corresponds to a data packet describing the physical orientation of my phone. The mapping from sensor value to color is as naive as possible, with X, Y, and Z accelerometer values linearly scaled to R, G, and B lighting intensities.

…FIXTURE is an experiment about remote forms of presence. I made it because I’m thinking about the ways our phones/devices often serve as functional surrogates for our presence, and to how to expand, modulate, or isolate various parts of that relationship. A preliminary mapping is a logical first step, which is what you see here.
The primary signal is as described: simply, the accelerometer values sampled each minute. The secondary signals reside in the extrapolations made possible by the presentation of the data in this form, this fixture: A metronomic progression of orientations; a series of postures; a progression of states.

FIXTURE is designed to facilitate an easy metonymy, a peripheral awareness of this taut line strung casually between two spaces.

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