This is a new set up for us. It does not matter how much do you plan before hand, when you are in a new context there will be always unexpected situations, for example: how shall we hang the printing of our exposition?
The location is wonderful, however we should give some thought for this, as you can see on the next photo:
Creative solution: tape and rope.
Hmmmm… it is not enough as the tape does not stick properly on the fabric of the printout. Then staple it and sew it…. and so far so good!
We hang the printout with through some poles that Heike got for us. The new challenge was that the location assigned for our installation had the ceiling lower than the rest of the room. However with the rope we solve that problem and we were able to set up the art!
About the technology
If you are looking a wizard to make technology work in any type of condition, then you should call for Mikko, he is a wizard in order to make things work. He started to test, and prepare the technology before the conference organizers inform us that we were allow to set up our installation. This include to make some “handicraft” for the sensors. We needed to find a solution on how to protect the sensors when interacting with the installation.
Set up started at once we have the printout in place:
Next was to install the technology. In this case we have a challenge that it was only one socket for MANY devices (no photograph). In this socket where several computers and printer from the conferenne reception, phones, and others. Of course our installation as well. Hence, at moments, electricity was not enough.
To calibrate the light sensors was no trivial. In this particular location were different light intensities. However after some effort debugging blindly, Mikko managed that all this work perfectly!
At the end the installation worked! (ok sometimes some relays get stuck but easy to solve).
We can happily say: the installation has been robust to take it from one continent to another. This is an outstanding outcome from the well thought design from Christian who conceptualize such a good travelling case!
Next posts we will give you a glimpse of the composition of the installation!
Also, we want to Thank Hilma, who help us during the step and get us all the last minute material needed such as tape, rope and printing the last minute papers!