Boris Petrovsky 2010
Urban Underwood meets You&Me-isms is an interactive media installation. Via SMS Users are invited to send a message to the neon-lightsign-matrix. Their message is written then in lit up neon letters. In between user messages, there are preset messages and real time animated sequences automatically been played in the matrix.
The writing does not occur linearly: as each message is displayed, the parameters are varied in real-time via random control. By “ascribing“ messages, the user literally gives the tangle of material, lines and character structure and with words makes linguistic sense – or nonsense. At the same time these messages overwrite the inventory of characters, which is revealed as they light up, as well as its origin as material used in the illuminated advertisements of commercialized public space. And so for one luminous moment, in an interplay of communication and material, You&Me-isms becomes the artwork of the user.
The cluster of the multi-layered neon signs are reffering to an ancient display medium, the legendary Nixie tube.
Programming: Georg Nagel (stereomorph.net)
Video: Boris Petrovsky
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