The Light Station transcodes a device's incidental sound into light. The station provokes a conversation around the immaterial residuals of our electronic devices being converted into our perceptual level of reality -- becoming physical and designed. The Light Station alludes to the idea of these immaterial residuals defining that which is visual, could the light patterns be a message? Could these residuals define text or imagery? If so, what would it mean for a device to write a message or reveal imagery with its electromagnetic residual? Is there space for design to take hold of these electromagnetic residuals to define textual and image based information? Or, could the stations serve the purpose for our devices to actually tell us a message?
The Affection Research Lab has been created to develop Affection Stations and The Signal Archive. With the mission to become the seed of a device-affection development center and institution. ARL provides a counterpoint to today’s utilitarian computation culture and help to make affective computing more common. ARL fosters device-affection through the framework of the immaterial residuals and incidental sounds of our electronic devices, not through their surface features, determined outputs, or physical attributes.
The Stations are a collection of interactive experiences which listen and transcode a device's unique incidental sound -- electromagnetic radiation -- exposing them to be more than just as tools, toys, or gizmos but sources of greater meaning.
AFFECTION RESEARCH LAB
Grad Media Design
Copyright 2012 Salvador Orara.