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WORLDWIDEWEGG by Jaygo Bloom [uk Glasgow]

Jaygo Bloom’s WORLDWIDEWEGG project just launched at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, as part of ALT-W [until September 13, 2008 :: 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow].

“Basically its a low budget breakfast bar controlled by the daily habits of a bunch of hens on Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh. Each time an egg gets laid a signal is sent to the web enabled toaster (courtesy of arduino and my excellent colleague Ian Campbell!) sets the coils in motion and returns the action of egg laying to the gallery goers as hot toast for consumption! Not only that, on the breakfast table is a peck controlled iTunes soundsystem, each peck on the piezo mic’ attached to the chicken feed bowl causes the ‘Cock Rock Disco’ playlist to skip forward a track – perpetual flutterings of chicken inspired songs!

Online the same egg laying response generates a single random number, after six numbers are generated / eggs are laid a lottery ticket is purchased online, therefore returning back to its source a percentage of funds received for this project! and hopefully making me a millionaire! genius eh?!

I like it anyhow, in fact I am really please with it, it utilises all the same sophisticated technology as other more respectable sophisticated projects, it pushes the uses of these networks to the limits, with realtime biological actions governed by an equally random factor (the chickens), its a project, its a happening, an event and most importantly at the end of all this it manifests itself as something so spectacularly simple and commonplace (a slice of toast), people would ask why ever bother at all! lol”

Jaygo Bloom is a UK based multimedia artist whose practice includes audio visual installation, game hacking, film making and physical computing. Over the past year he has been developing a wide variety of new online and offline projects ranging from his globally aware interactive games console ‘Tao Joystick’ to his 8bit latino percussion interface ‘Marrackattack’. Working independently and also as part of the Glasgow based audio visual team ‘Pointless Creations’. Popular for his public interventions, blue screens and old sports car, other successful projects have included Glasgow International05, Pixelache05, Recontres Paris/Berlin, and Pong.Mythos.


Aug 5, 15:18
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