This past summer I was enjoying some BBQ on my roof with the brilliant Cathy Shive and we brainstormed a mobile phone enabled drawing tool based on the txtual healing system. Finally, with the programming skills of Federico Hatoum we’ve now got a community drawing tool that creates lines and colors based on the SMS you send from your phone.
Send an SMS and the system turns pairs of letters into points, and then lines automatically connect the points. It’s an X & Y axis that plots out your SMS using the alphabet to make coordinates… Then the whole thing is projected onto a building facade.
The idea behind the piece is to see what common short phrases look like as line art and symbols. If we are tricked into going to war based on a few sound bytes and catch phrases, (ie. yellow cake, axis of evil, with us or against us.) what is stopping the public from shortening it’s communication into symbols of rally and protest (ie. the bat symbol).