Light Station

Transcoding a devices incidental sound into light. Installation at the Wind Tunnel Gallery, Pasadena, CA. For more information visit: affectionstations.org

 

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The Light Station transcodes a device’s incidental sound into light. The Station suggests the idea of these immaterial residuals defining that which is visual: could the light patterns be a message? Could these residuals define text or imagery? If so, what would it mean for a device to write a message or reveal imagery with its electromagnetic residual? Is there space for design to take hold of these electromagnetic residuals to define textual and image based information? Or, could the stations serve the purpose for our devices to actually tell us a message?

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Process
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Early collaboration with artist and designer Ricardo Bojorquez

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Framing out the station

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A total of 20 double-light ballasts were used, for a total of 40 fluorescent light tubes.

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The housing for the custom relay box.

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The housing for the custom relay box.

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Hacking a set of power strips with relays.

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