These take as their input the sensors, cameras and microphones pervading contemporary spaces, and use for their output the equally ubiquitous displays of elevators, public transport or shops and supermarkets. These technologies, together with the semiotic codes allowing their effective transmission of information, make up an interactive vernacular architecture increasingly central to contemporary forms of habitation.
Thus Space Programs highlight a blind spot in traditional forms of architectural inscription and representation: Reyner Banham pointed out the difficulties of architecture to register the temporal, dynamic and regenerative characteristics of air-conditioning or electric lighting, limitations that today extends to the programmed behaviours of control and communication regulating our use of space.
In the experiments presented here, text written in C++, Java or Python, inscribe, plot and notate performances to take place at the Serra dei Giardini. These texts compose and assemble existing software libraries, sensors and ordinary displays in order to explore the spatial regimes promoted by software and information technology. All code is open source and available at gitlab.com/gran-codes.
The code counts people at the greenhouse’s entrance; entering or leaving the space is transformed into the mechanical occurrence of flipping segments in
a single digit display.
Components: electromechanical display, Arduino, PIR motion sensors. Written in C++.
This program transduces acoustic signals in its vicinity into a graphic pattern, by directly rendering the binary numbers indicating changing sound levels.
Components: Dot matrix display, Arduino board, microphone. Written in C++.
Using computer vision the comings and goings at the Serra dei Giardini are transformed into graphic traces and the mechanical noise of a flip-dot display.
Components: Flip-dot display, Raspberry Pi, OpenCV library and camera. Written in Processing /Java.
Through speech recognition, spoken words are transcribed into an alphanumeric display. The current limitation to American English, highlight software’s cultural biases and the spatial climates they create.
Components: alphanumeric display, computer, Mozilla’s DeepSpeech library and microphone. Written in Python.
Collaborator: Furniture designer Karl-Johan Hjerling / MP12.