2015, with Joshua Penrose

SIGNALS invites interaction with a digital avatar of the artist. The installation incorporates interactive video through Max/MSP/Jitter, Twilio SMS and automated robotic mechanisms to activate motors and physical lights. This meditation on virtual telepresence transforms everyday text messages into a speculative communication link between artist and audience.

By sending a text message, generated Morse code messages are flashed to an avatar of the artist on screen via a military signaling lamp. The artist then responds to the visitor’s query through generated video in Morse code with a similar lamp. Visitors are invited to decode the video response, thus customizing the content and crafting a unique exchange. Taking place in different locations reminiscent of our shared cinematic memory (iconic forests, deserts, bridges and bodies of water). SIGNALS creates the illusion that the character in the film is communicating directly with visitors in real-time.


Technarte 2016 art & technology conference; Bizkaia Aretoa; Bilbao, Spain
19th Japan Media Arts Festival; The National Art Center; Tokyo, Japan
Transformers: A Code and Data-Driven Animation film screening; CAA Conference; Washington, D.C.
SIGNALS solo exhibition; The Aurora Picture Show; Houston, Texas. Curated by Mary Magsamen.

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Glasstire: Top Five: Feb. 5, 2015