Crossed Wires: studio documentation / by Anna Madeleine

I've recently completed my PhD work Crossed Wires. Crossed Wires is an interactive installation that explores the expressive potential of digital communication platforms. It brings together two equally limited modes of expression – stop-motion animation and SMS – in a combinatory system that re-distributes and amplifies the effects of human-machine entanglements experienced in everyday communication. Crossed Wires will be showing at 107 Projects, Redfern, from September 17-21, 2014.  

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The process of making Crossed Wires involved a lot of experimentation, collaboration and trial and error. I was lucky enough to have the help of two fantastic programmers Emmanuel Galanos and James Miller for the whole project, and Alex Ballantyne and Keytie for the last few months (THANK YOU!!!!).

Below are some shots from beginning to end, which shows the development from paper, scrap wood and remote control car tyres into a  smoothly programmed, motorised 'expressive machine'.