Commissioned by EYE Film Institute, 'Machine Room' is the graduation project of interaction designers Bram Bogaerts and Jesper Vos. It is a reenactment of the computer code that Dutch generative film artist Bart Vegter used in 2008 to generate his film 'De Tijd'. A wall-sized projection shows a live visualization of 45 computer processes that are set in motion by Vegter's code: fan speed, motherboard temperature, calculations per second, disc rotations per second, electrical current fluctuations, and many more. The goal is to reveal the normally invisible processes that are needed to generate a film through computer code. With this project Bram and Jesper provide insight into the relationship between film, code and computer.
The spatial interaction model allows the user to navigate the visualizations and learn more about the meaning and activity of computer processes, and how they relate to software functions. By walking towards the projection, you are able to select visualizations, which allow you to examine a specific computer process in greater detail.