a computer controlled by a string of bricks/bits and the cumulative actions of the participants.

presented in the itp winter show 2017 as a work of escenaconsejo.


photo of the installation: a row of nine bricks in the floor, all except two of them standing up. in the wall there's a projection of a monochromatic grid composed of different types of squares.

change-a-bit demo video (mp4, ~10MB)


a computer controlled by a string of bricks/bits.
each brick/bit has two possible states: high (standing) or low (laying).
the bricks/bits encode an instruction that effects a change in the screen.
increasing the size, decreasing the speed of computing.
the screen works as a memory showing an accumulation of changes.
computing: manipulation of arranged minerals to achieve a pattern of light on a surface (?)


each brick/bit has two possible states: high or low.

the string of bricks/bits encodes an instruction for the computer: the cell in the screen that will be modified, and the visual pattern that will be assigned to it.

photo of the installation with a person interacting: they are close to the floor, moving a brick, and observing the screen.


this project comes from when we started fully researching ways of making computing tangible and evident in its low-level workings.

although the original idea of the project was about showing these workings without using electronics, the process led us to implement in (electronics-based) software the screen and the computer vision algorithm to detect the bricks using a depth camera.

the physicality stayed: we loved the experience of having other people and us interact with this computer via rough and found bricks, close to the floor.

photo of the row of bricks, with a hand moving one of them.

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