Part One: Anatomy of an InfoSpot
While at Bernheim, I experimented with their new
InfoSpot system as a medium for art and literature.
The system was originally designed to provide visitors with portable
volumes of information pertaining to natural life along Bernheim trails.
The tag, with its embedded
RFID transponder, sends a
signal to a nearby
iPAQ Pocket PC
Put simply, scan a tag
and the screen displays
information about the
ecology around you.
In this case, however, the screen displays a photo and
literary menu from a station in the wires project.
Part Two: the -wires- project
wires is an art+lit project in ten stations (tag sites), with the first nine
installed in the vicinity of Big Prairie Overlook at Bernheim Forest.
The tenth tag, [station x], has been hidden away at these coordinates:
Each station contains an assortment of works from Bernheim
Writers-in-Residence. In effect, the stations are miniature anthologies
intent on growing annually.
So far, each has developed only the slightest breath of unity, favoring
instead juxtapositions and contrasts that pronounce our collective diversity.
The years ahead should bring further incidents of resonance and dissonance
between the authors, their works and the stations' environments.
wires [from writers-in-residence]
1 dispatches from past/present/
future writers-in-residence at
2 lines that connect writers
who never met and probably
3 transmissions of digital fusion
via a wireless system (i.e.:
InfoSpot) solely for the
enjoyment of Bernheim visitors
Part Three: The Louisville Debut
For Louisville's celebrated First Friday Gallery Hop, I installed the
tags in nine galleries along Market Street. Bernheim reps then made
the pocket PCs available for checkout at a central gallery.
Since the pocket PCs reduced my
photos to the size of a matchbook
cover, I displayed larger versions
of the images in the front window
of the central gallery, Zephyr.
Interspersed with excerpts from
the wires text, the images scrolled
throughout the night.
To view sample images and an
excerpt, visit this simulation of
wires [station v]
A pocket PC displays a page from wires [station iii],
installed at The New Center for Contemporary Art.
Meanwhile, in the background, my cinematic
collaboration with Hideki Kanno plays in the NCCA’s
new screening room.
RFID reader, which
files on the
N 37° 55.168
W 085° 39.771