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Smoke Signals, Minimaforms (US/UK)


A smoke signal is a form of visual communication used over a long distance. The signal may be observed from a long distance, apparent to anyone within its visual range. Working with a concept of optical transmission systems, Smoke Signals is based on one of the oldest forms of communication in recorded history dating back over 5,000 years. This experiment works as a hybrid system that explores the dynamic and spatial capacities of smoke and light in relation to contemporary mobile SMS technologies of messaging today.

Smoke Signals examines a dynamic real-time interaction that writes space. The method of inscription works with light as virtual “ink. Smoke and light setup the condition for developing a typographic ambient / responsive environment. Interaction is enhanced by the development of a user interface system that works through mobile SMS input. Personal statements serve as input that are fed through dynamic coding that recognizes, archives and plays back a real time visualization. This visualization is then grafted onto trajectories of smoke that form a dynamic ephemeral field that is affected by all external forces in the space of performance. Through turbulence the smoke writes or erases the grafting of the inputted text. The project motivates social interaction through visualization of personal expression and a collective act of writing space.

EVENT: INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION
DATE: SAT 15TH SEPT
TIME: 22.30-23.30
LOCATION: WATERSIDE (BY WATERSHED, HARBOURSIDE, BRISTOL) AND PRO-CATHERDRAL, PARK PLACE, CLIFTON (BEHIND FRESH & WILD)

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Credits

Minimaforms

About the Creator

Minimaforms was founded in 2002 by brothers Stephen and Theodore Spyropoulos as an experimental design practice that explores projects that provoke and facilitate new means of communication.

Alongside Minmaforms, Theodore is the co-director of the Architectural Association Design Research Lab [DRL] (London) and visiting Research Fellow at M.I.T.’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies working with the Interrogative Design Group.

Stephen is also the Design Director for the online music video company Heavy (New York) and is a faculty design member of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.