A Game of Life, with fans
Déplacements is an interactive art project by Manuel Braun:
“Déplacements” consists of 24 computer case fans forming a rectangle. Each fans is “pixel”, its number of revolutions and the intensity of the light of its LED varies according to the level of gray corresponding to the pixel of reference. This screen of fans is controlled by a computer simulating a cellular automata entitled “The game of life” (created by John Horton Conway in 1970). It is a mathematical model where each fans is a cell. "Displacement" is a hijack of this object, a component of the computer becoming image. It is not a question of a physical “displacement” but of a movement, a flow.
Why do I blog this? I liked the idea of having a physical instantiation of the "Game of Life". Besides the notion of "détournement" is interesting too: how would the repetition of hijacked objects let emergent phenomenons happen?