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Rune Madsen and Zevensuy Rodriguez




CNC Foam, Plastic blocks with diffusers


Shift Brites, Arduino, openFrameworks software, projector


Connections is an multiuser interactive installation that uses a mobile web application as a collaboration tool. This project is to highlight the importance of peoples connections. We emit alot of noise in the world, but at at some point we make that connection with someone that drowns out the rest of it. The system uses various nodes to accomplish this. The mobile application is the input method. A computer with a projector and arduino control the output. A server processes and syncs all communication between the computer, arduino, and mobile application.

When a user visited the web app, they were asked to select a color the represents them, followed by selecting a block. This will start emitting particles. Simultaneously a block (of the same color) will appear in the center "arena". This is a worm hole for particles. So, if you create a red emitter you create a red collector. Particles have strong rules that attract them to the worm holes. The particles can only make connections once they are in the center "arena". As more people join, particles will intersect with other user's particles showing a connection you have with another person. Once particles make a connection they emmit a combined tone.