Quartet for dot matrix printer adapts the audiovisual performance of Symphony for dot matrix printers to a gallery installation context. The printers are displayed under glass, on museum plinths arranged in a square, one plinth at each corner. Each printer is equipped with microphones and miniature video cameras. The microphones are arranged in stereo pairs to capture and spatialize the sounds made as the print carriage moves back and forth while the cameras are placed inside the mechanisms and reproduce their movements on large screens behind each plinth. The gallery visitor, sitting in an office chair at the centre of the installation, is immersed in a junk-aesthetic audiovisual environment orchestrated entirely from the composed texts that the printers reproduce.
Quartet for dot matrix printer was commissioned by Hartware MedienKunstVerein with assistance from the Kunststiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen.
Software design: Thaddeus Thomas, ReDada software
Hardware design: Dave Ozsvari