The infoBreath

Karl
April 25th 2006

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A flower arcing from a frosted pane of glass. Rigged with a breath sensor and connected to an internet packet sniffer, the flower is cued in to the wireless network flowing in the space immediately surrounding it. Breathing onto the flower triggers a flurry of text, making visible the wireless internet traffic passing through the air. The plant absorbs this information, analyzing the bytes of data for those aspects that seem more alive, or human-generated, and releases those packets in a more human-comprehensible form.

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Posted 27/04/2006 – 11:24

http://www.grographics.com/risd/DmInfoBreath/1st-install/infoBreath.mov
I don't see why Mr. Robbins needs the flower at all. Isn't it just form, with a lot of difficult explanation about oxygen and transferring information in an internet eco-system – while the techno-stuff is doing something one could hardly call 'communicating'. Visualising internet traffic? Oh yes, that could generate nicely animated wallpapers, because why is the information in this setting 'comprehensible to humans'? This information–flow is rude for it has no real intention of communicating or starting a dialogue. It must be art, just like this nice video-project which doesn't use the 'scientific' talk, but communicates a similar message that is more fun to watch: http://tmema.org/messa/video/messa_ica1_jaapsolo_01s.mov

Should men be able to give birth to children?


Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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