d-p.cc/en/signalmorphor/ (English)
d-p.cc/signalmorphor/ (Chinese)

The city is filled with invisible signals. They carry different levels of data, messages, and information. Smart phones, laptops, tablet computers and their interconnected networks, mobile and wireless directly influence how urbanity is being interpreted. Signal Morphor visualizes the boundless signals, morphing and shaping architectures and the environment. It explores and reveals the way immaterial signals influence the formation and perception of urban life.

This is a kinetic sculpture. All movements are based on the calculation of mechanical engineering. It includes gears, actuators and motors etc. The sculpture also detects signals; a signal detector (for radio frequency (RF) signaling power from 50Mhz to 3GHz with 60dB dynamic range) with microcontroller (Arduino modified) acts as the central processing unit to trigger the whole kinetic movement, as well as the light and sound effects.

When the sculpture detects the active RF signal around, it reacts to phone calling, receiving, SMS/MMS in or out and data transcribing with 3G/bluetooth/wifi. The sculpture doesn’t detect non-active RF.

** It starts morphing when it receives, collects and reaches a certain level of signal/information, not interacting with a particular mobile phone but all the signal in the environment. There are three in this exhibition and each of them has different sensitivity to the “information” level.

Light and sound visualizing the current received-strong signal.

+Work of Keith Lam, exhibits in Invention & Intervention – The power showcase of Hong Kong New Media Artist,Presented by Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Organized by Microwave International New Media Arts Festival
+Official website of the exhibition: microwavefest.net/ii/

+ Invention & Interventio – The power showcase of Hong Kong New Media Artist,Festival Walk,Hong Kong,2011


這作品是一座動態雕塑,包含兩項功能: 機械發動及收發訊號。作品的動作經由一系列機械運算而產生,當中運用了多組齒輪和發動器等配套。在收發訊號方面,雕塑內裝置了收發訊號器,以用作接收無線電頻率。其裝置可接收射頻範圍60分貝(dB)之大,有效探測50兆赫(MHz)至3吉赫(GHz)的波動頻率。



+此作品為Keith Lam於香港藝術發展局主辦,微波國際新媒體藝術節統籌的展覽 Invention & Intervention – The power showcase of Hong Kong New Media Artist 展出之作品。

+ Invention & Intervention – The power showcase of Hong Kong New Media Artist,又一城,香港,2011

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