Projector Spectre has been made by GDFB and KOP every year since 2007. Graphic design and architecture are spectacularly connected by means of projections.
For the fourth edition of Projector Spectre, the designers of LUST have been invited. This The Hague-based studio, consisting of Dimitri Nieuwenhuizen, Jeroen Barendse and Thomas Castro, is into graphic design and new media ever since 1996. LUST looks at designing as a process. Each design results from a concept that has been extensively researched. In the course of years LUST developed a design methodology others like to call process-based design or self-generating systems. Engaging an analytic process leads to something designing itself.
LUST handled some impressive installations at international festivals before, for GDFB they created:
Public Information Bubble (P.I.B.)
The first extended broadcast of the human voice was transmitted through the air on December 24, 1906 from Brant Rock, Massachusetts by Reginald Fessenden, a Canadian engineer who had worked for Thomas Edison in his New Jersey Laboratory. An account by Fessenden's wife Helen recounts his historic transmission, as witnessed first-hand by countless radio operators on ships across the Atlantic:
"...a human voice coming from their instruments - someone speaking... Then a women's voice rose in song. It was uncanny! Many of them called their officers to come and listen; soon the wireless rooms were crowded. Next someone was heard reading a poem. Then there was a violin solo; then a man made a speech."
Since that historic broadcast, we have been transmitting our personal narratives non-stop out the world to hear, adding to the growing stories within the earth’s own Personal Information Bubble (P.I.B.). Since Fessenden’s first broadcast in 1906, all these narrative left the earth and is headed to the outer reaches of space at the speed of light. Today the P.I.B. has expanded to include internet and mobile media sources such as Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, MSN, Skype, and SMS, documenting the daily minutiae of the earth’s citizens. Every tweet, blog post, news feed, and text message contribute to the expansion of the P.I.B. But what do these narratives say about us as a society and culture?
Through this two part media and architectural installation, LUST attempts to visualize this bubble from the perspective of the gallery and headquarters of the GDFB, the former printing office for the provincial newspaper BN deStem.
Using the spectrum of light to visualize the information density of all the data the P.I.B. contains, the individual colors culminates in a gigantic white beam streaming towards space. The intangible narrative of the P.I.B. symbolized in the subtractive color process of light. Inside the gallery, a large printer endlessly documents these same narratives on a continuous roll of paper. The random colors of each letter of each personal narrative documented on this ‘scroll’ gradually mix to black when viewed from a distance. Through additive color process, the words ends up as a black news stream, a poetic juxtaposition to the white light of the building.