In Constructs of Acquaintance, 200 LED lit forms resembling a network of neurons fire off in different patterns, shifting through time, colors, moods, actions - all the while gathering additional pulses from the electromagnetic aether. Cellular data and voice signals are picked up from multiple directions and cause shifts in the system of connections and lights, a network that is forever changing.
Every data transmission is mediated, bounced, routed, and decoded before it reaches the intended recipient - there is no such thing as direct digital communication. Even if you call the person standing next to you, your voice is sent out to a cell tower before being directed back down. Through all of this, we have more insight into one another’s lives than ever. Connections are requested and made, some bonds strengthen while others grow weak. Links trigger ideas and more links. It is a new mind of sorts, captured in the colors and patterns cascading through our collective cones and dendrites.
The project used 200 Adafruit neopixel rings, 1800 laser cut parts, 1000ft of wiring, and 4 Teensy3 micro-controllers.