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Mass Media Diving. Well I guess it beats dumpster diving (especially since it looks as though it will eventually involve copious amounts of laughing gas). [Via the anarchically wonderful écal.]

‘The mass media diving (formerly called mass media helmet) project is an experimental device…which is driven by an application i’ve coded which is scanning continnuously [sic] the CNN website, transforming the informations into raw data, diffused then inside the helmet

See also Usman Haque’s most excellent Sky Ear Project.

‘In Sky Ear, I wanted to give form to this space…The cloud consists of 1000 extra-large helium balloons that each contain 6 ultra-bright LEDs (which mix to make millions of colours). The balloons can communicate with each other via infra-red; this allows them to send signals to create larger patterns across the entire Sky Ear cloud.

As visitors call into the different mobile phones in the cloud, they listen to the distant electromagnetic sounds of the sky…Their mobile phone calls change the local electromagnetic topography and cause disturbances in the EMF inside the cloud that alters the glow intensity and colour of that part of the balloon cloud. Feedback within the sensor network creates ripples of light reminiscent of rumbling thunder and flashes of lightning.’

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