The Memento Mori installation consists of a 4 digit LED display, which is mounted between the teeth of a casted human skull and connected to a highly accurate rubidium atomic clock. The display visualizes the passage of time by repeatedly counting down one second in millisecond-steps (from 1.000 to .001). By utilizing atomic clocks, we can determine with unimaginable accuracy how quickly the irretrievable essence of our lives is decreasing, how fast the ultimate yet unknown point in time of our death is approaching – millisecond by millisecond. This Memento Mori is not only an ironic reminder of our own mortality but a reflection of the values we are striving for. Despite all the hyper-accurate technology inhabiting our lives the haunting question of “When?” still remains unanswered. The FE-5680A rubidium frequency standard achieves a base accuracy of up to 2E-12. It utilizes the hyperfine transition of electrons in rubidium-87 atoms to discipline a crystal oscillator. Music by Kevin MacLeod Project website: http://www.mar.li/memento_mori.php Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Bircher.Martin+ More details
…moi non plus is an interpretation of Serge Gainsbourg's song "Je t'aime moi non plus" in the form of an audio game. By operating the joystick, the human components of the song can be controlled according to selected preferences. Project website: www.mar.li/moi_non_plus.php Facebook: www.facebook.com/Bircher.Martin+ More details
The Computer Icons series is a modernized version of religious paintings. The images of Jesus, Mary and Joseph are rendered on a seven-segment display. Music by Kevin MacLeod Project website: http://www.mar.li/computer_icons.php Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bircher.Martin+ More details
“Digital Enhancement” is an interactive sound installation consisting of an electrified Symphonion Brevet No. 28, a synthesizer, an amplifier and four headphones. The Symphonion musical box dates back to the beginning of the last century and its mechanical workings are combined with digital technology to convert it into a MIDI sequencer. The original music, embossed on steel plates, can be played on the synthesizer, which is programmed to mimic the sounds of the Symphonion. In order to operate the sequencer, a hand-cranked dynamo serves as a remote control. Additional Information: 2011, interactive sound installation, hand-cranked dynamo, micro-controller, custom electronic circuit, hardware of antique musical box, embossed steel plate, antique wooden cassette, stepper motor, hardware synthesizer, headphone amplifier, headphones, misc cables. Project website: mar.li/digital_enhancement.php Facebook: facebook.com/Bircher.Martin+ More details
The installation Type Case is a low-resolution display with 125 rectangular pixels of different sizes. These are formed from the reflecting light of digitally controlled LEDs, embedded in each section of a European printers’ type case. Due to the standardized fragmentation of its compartments, the density of visual information is decreased towards the objects’ centre. Viewed close by, it is nearly impossible to recognize more than a flicker – however after moving some distance away, it becomes distinguishable, that the lights and shadows give a representation of the latest headlines. Music: "Comfortable Mystery 4" by Kevin MacLeod Additional Information: 2010, Installation, printers’ type case, containing one LED in each of the 125 compartments, Arduino, Processing, TLC5941. Type Case website: http://www.mar.li/type_case.php Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Bircher.Martin+ More details
This is an experiment to figure out, whether it is possible to recognize a basic cartoon displayed on "Type Case" or not. The result is speaking for itself. (The original Betty Boop cartoon from 1933 is in public domain and not copyright protected anymore. Source: archive.org)+ More details
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