The artwork consists of:- 100 led matrix displays and custom designed and manufactured PCB boards, custom made cables, custom made and modeled perspex body, base box and laser cut metal plate, arduinos PCB boards, power sockets and custom power box.
Commission: The original commission was to use the real time library data and to log each book taken out of the library via a newly created API and read these books as they get taken out. In the end they wouldn't agree to the live data feed and the The sculpture (V1) is reading all the books published since 1952 from and open source data set via British Library.
Reading is a complex cognitive process of decoding symbols in order to construct or derive meaning. It is a means of language acquisition, of communication, and of sharing information and ideas. Reading requires creativity and critical analysis. Readers use a variety of reading strategies to assist with decoding (to translate symbols into sounds or visual representations of speech) and comprehension. Readers may use context clues to identify the meaning of unknown words. Readers integrate the words they have read into their existing framework of knowledge or schema (schemata theory). Other types of reading are not speech based writing systems, such as music notation or pictograms. The common link is the interpretation of symbols to extract the meaning from the visual notations or tactile signals (as with Braille). Source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reading_%28process%29
The Future Body
"The only future I can see," says the cybernetics professor Kevin Warwick at the University of Reading, England, "is one where there are perhaps humans as we know them today, but we also have the cyborg entity — the part human, part machine, with all different varieties."