Archived entries for interactive art

Looking back and forward on Pong


While there have been many museum exhibitions on video games, when one game gets its own exhibition, it is something special. The Computer Game Museum in Berlin has a show dedicated to the ground breaking game, Pong. They’ve included all the iterations and interpretations of the game, from the giant sized to the miniature, and everything in between. Most notable is this brilliant version of Pong, which is based on sound.

Via Joystiq

aperture interactive facade

aperture2.jpgan interactive facade installation consisting of a matrix of iris diaphragms (like those found in cameras) which open & close according to the external light. this reveals and obscures the inside of the building from the outside, and reflects the duration which people stand in front of the facade. [|via]

Storyboard Valentines

Stefhan Caddick whom i met too briefly at a seminar organised by BLOC in Wales, has sent (on my request) some pictures of Storyboard. The public installation explores the text phenomenon. An LED sign facing the street from Gallery 39 in Cardiff is displaying SMS sent from members of the public to its receiver.

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To send a message to the sign text: 07929 461727 (add +44 if you’re texting from outside the UK.) The sign will be active until 18th March 2006.

I’ll just quote Stefhan’s comments as they are so amusing:

Somehow the South China Evening Post picked up on the show and ran it as part of a Valentines Special (including the phone number). This has resulted in some very odd messages. My favourite today was:

Well I’m asian lady seeking for a Valentines mate maybe not this time but in the future. Reply me back at +85267384*** JULY

Today being valentines was quite interesting (although I’m constantly surprised at the fact that given a chance to say anything at all, most people will choose the option of ‘Ky is Awsome’ or something along those lines. Anyway, Valentines has been purely ‘I love such and such’ apart from a stream of messages, presumably from the same person, regaling the whole valentines fiasco. The last one was ‘increasingly desperate’.

Make cheap magnetic LEDs for fun graffiti projects

Mark Frauenfelder:
The Make blog has an item about “LED Throwies,” made by a group with a wonderful name: Graffiti Research Lab.

200602141748 LED Throwies are an inexpensive way to add color to any ferromagnetic surface in your neighborhood. A Throwie consists of a lithium battery, a 10mm diffused LED and a rare-earth magnet taped together. Throw it up high and in quantity to impress your friends and city officials.


see also this whimsical video at

Via Boing Boing

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