June 4, 2009
TXTual Healing

TXTual Healing (image above and below) is a series of ongoing interactive site specific projection works which leverages mobile phone SMS (Short Message Service) to interact with public, physical space.

Using the speech bubble as a symbol for communication, participants send text messages to a provided phone number that automatically, anonymously, and in real time, displays these messages inside the bubbles projected onto the facade of a building. The result of projecting in shared public space give participants in the street a voice as loud as the corporate and government entities who financially predetermine the information in these spaces. TXTual Healing encourages the public sharing of thoughts, experiences and ideas using networked mobile devices that typically support more private communications. Positioning the projections next to windows, or integrating the SMS interactivity with religious, political and socially charged graphics, invites people to share their own uncensored views of the information around them in the form of interactive theater.

Below is a video explaining how the basic system works however have a look at the website which documents the various incarnations and adaptions of the system according to location, required mobility etc.

For related projection bombing work see The Media Cartridge and Parasitic networks and opportunism in urban space.

    Posted by: Garrett @ 5:09 pm

    2 Comments / Pings about “TXTual Healing”

    1. Thomas Roach Says:
      June 12th, 2010 at 10:54 am

      but how does it work? i have so many more questions, like:
      how does sending a text go on to the computer?, how it the phone connected to to computer? where do you get the software? HOW?
      i really want to get in to this.

      Comment by Thomas Roach — June 12, 2010 @ 10:54 am

    2. Garrett Says:
      June 12th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

      You need to ask the artists but there are open source servers that can receive txts and store them in databases, these can then be retrieved by any application you make. Have a look through this weblog and you’ll find links or names to solutions. I seem to remember Anne Hongs work used a server (http://www.asquare.org/networkresearch/2006/anne-hongs-networked-objects). A much easier solution would be using Diablu (http://diablu.jorgecardoso.eu/) which is very easy to get working and Jorge, who made it, is very helpful.

      Comment by Garrett — June 12, 2010 @ 7:11 pm

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