Volume And Noise is the latest device in my series of interactive, social media scraping art pieces. It is a contraption that reads tweets based on a set of user defined search terms in real time. For this show at the AFRU Gallery in Portland Oregon (on display for the month of November, 2012) all of the search terms were political in nature for an election timed political art show. The search terms could however be any combination of ideas desired and easily changed by the user on the fly. The piece is built into the chassis of an antique 1930’s era Philco radio and includes updates such as a modern amp, an Arduino microcontroller and a highly modified antique meter which now presents the user with the Tweets per Minute (T.P.M.) count of the piece with a period appropriate custom face. All of the audio including the radio static, tuning sounds and filtering to produce the antique sound of the radio is all happing through digital processing in real time.
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Over the past couple of years I have really developed an enjoyment for creating antique or apparently antique devices that perform a modern technological function. I have always appreciated steam punk as a movement and style but for the frequent valuing of form over function. That is why with this series of gizmos and devices I am placing function on an equal footing with form by making sure that every knob, dial and gear actually does something even if that function is more or less theatrical.
If anyone wants any more information about how this all works drop be an email and I would be happy to talk about it and share my code.
Thanks for checking it out!
Sean Hathaway is a core member of the AFRU community, an avid technological tinkerer and occasional producer of some rather overly complex technological art. Aside from working with the AFRU Gallery group Sean is also a husband, the father of an awesome robot loving toddler and a full time software developer.