This interactive switchboard shares its shape
and components with the traditional switchboard, yet it is not activated
by people making ordinary telephone calls, but by Internet users
typing out their messages on a computer keyboard. The machine uses
virtual reality to act on physical reality and is only effective
in my current apartment: 5, Placeta de Montcada. This is so because
my living space is at the core of this particular experiment - an
experiment which allows net users to participate in it at both levels,
virtual and real. That is, anyone may step into my apartment reproduced
on a web page and, at the same time, make his/her presence felt
in the physical flat by animating certain objects in the place.
A printed stainless steel ground-plan of the apartment is mounted
on the vertical panel of the switchboard installed in the flat.
This plan is reproduced in the web page more elaborately: it contains
a longitudinal section and a ground-plan. These two plans include
some 450 photographs of every piece of furniture and every single
object in the apartment. The navigator or, in this case, the intruder
uses a virtual man in order to walk around the virtual apartment,
but as we stated earlier, in doing so he/she will physically make
his/her presence felt at the other end. He/She may do this in a
number of ways...
N/A - Media:
web page, web server, microcontrollers, plexiglass, pine wood, stainless
steel, LEDs, reel to reel player, amperemeter