©2015 Nick Bontrager
Produced by: Nick BONTRAGER, Programming: Joshua PENROSE

19th Art Division Jury Selections


Interactive art

Nick BONTRAGER [United States]


SIGNALS allows direct communication to the artist through interactive video by utilizing Max/MSP, SMS, and automated robotic mechanisms to activate motors and lights. By sending a text message to a provided number, participants trigger a signalling lamp, which transmits a Morse code signal to videos of the awaiting artist. This meditation on virtual telepresence transforms everyday text messages into a speculative communication link between artist and audience.