with Robert Eland + Thomas Nemeskeri
Come Up To My Room // Toronto Offsite Design Festival
Engaging the ephemeral qualities of streaming data within developing networks, stampbot aims to link disparate influences with local action, both metaphorically and metonymically. Stampbot draws upon globally-sourced data (which spans themes and topics derived from various social media outlets and data-sources, the stamps are a mixture of the most “popular” trends posted in the cloud of global information.
The piece interweaves local and remote influences, simultaneously bringing about the various themes in the fabrication of the artwork. The actions of visitors to the project have equal opportunity to influence the static output of the machine. Running continuously, paper is fed under a grid of rotating stamps, driven by a visitor within the Room, in which the output is a rhythmic assemblage of images and text from disparate themes. The machine also speaks; a synthesized voice recounts trending topics, informing the themes which are impressed on the paper