Repositories Series Microforge

Mixed media: altered found object, embedded Foxconn computer, HDMI screen, custom software, motor, limit switches, arduino board, HCSR04 sonar sensor, multiple out power supplies, joystick

Microforge's original purpose was to produce glass pipettes for medical research. I altered it so that the upper portion suggests a “head with microscope eyes”. By attaching a motor to the base, the “head” slowly rotates back and forth 180 degrees, appearing to look for someone. The device stops seeking when it finds a viewer within a three-foot range. The viewer can then look through the eyepieces to see videos on a small built-in monitor. The audio component is always on, but viewers need to interact with a joystick built into the device’s body in order to change videos. Part game, part critique, this work questions and makes visible a multi-faceted spectrum of toxicity issues, some of which include: e-waste, medical waste, water contamination, climate change, alternative energy sources and less toxic paths not taken.

    Credits

  • Victor Goertzen - Development, Electronics
  • Andrew Winton - Development
  • Richard Sipinski - Development
  • William Eakin - Photographs
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