Geolocation Recorder

Arduino, Processing
Collaborators
Keoni Moore
This was a conceptual art project in which the goal was to create a piece of "smart" furniture, utilizing several sensors. We understood furniture loosely enough and designed a piece that would be experienced like an art installation. We wanted to play with the concept of a photograph, and of memory-keeping—what if a photograph contained only numerical data? Could it still be emotionally relevant?

The device functions between an Arduino, a laptop running Processing, and a small printer. A button on a table we named "the altar" has the same effect as a camera shutter, and a moment is captured. A read is conducted at the second that the button is pressed, consisting of latitude, longitude, time (from the year to the second), temperature, pressure, and humidity. The data is fed into Processing, and mapped into RGB values, creating a truly unique graphic in the center.
Advisors
Dominic Murien
Role
Coding
The outer shape that changes colors is a derivative of the temperature, pressure, and humidity changing across time, as well as location. The dot in the center is derived from latitude and longitude, which remains the same color (the object is stationary) and is thus unique to any other location on the planet.
Key
Installation
Roughly imaging the subtle shifting of the atmosphere across multiple days, when singular moments are put in context with one another. This could also be read as an abstraction visualizing the passing of time.