Just when I was starting to lose interest in mobile processing as something which was going to be pigeon-holed as a little app for making mobile generative art works (processing was nearly there at one stage too) along comes a work which makes me have a rethink.
Between Blinks & Buttons is a research project by Sascha Pohflepp which is in fact:
two projects about the camera as a networked object. Through making their photos public on the internet, individuals create traces of themselves. In addition to their value as a memory, each image contains a multitude of information about the context of its creation. Cameras become context-recorders which create references that go well beyond taking a photo.
I’m a little less enthusiastic about Blinks, simply because it’s an installation, however Buttons (images above) is fantastically simply (so much so that I needed to take it in for a few days before I decided to post anything about it). Essentially it’s a camera without an optical component. Instead of taking a photograph of what you want to remember the instant you click the button it’s seaches the internet to find a photograph taken at that same moment in time connecting two individuals by chance.
Information via the artists site and pixelsumo.