1 and Another
Real-world physical pixel art space designed for creative expression and interaction - part of the Life Online exhibition at the National Media Museum, Bradford UK, which looks at the impact of the internet in our lives.
1 and anotheris an artwork by Erin Newell and Phil Bird for the Life Online exhibition [open source] at the National Media Museum, Bradford< UK.
It is an interactive, ever-changing dialogue of imagery. An online user visits this website and creates a picture, by selecting colours and creating a grid-based mosaic with pixels. The pixels correlate to physical blocks in the galley of the National Media Museum to be placed in a 3meter wooden grid. The museum visitor receives a grid reference, selects a block and places it in to a grid. As the image is created in the museum based on its virtual blue-print a web-cam captures the creation and is uploaded back on to this website.
You can create your own pixel art drawing on the website (here) which will be broadcast in the exhibition space. Personally, I have only seen that happen once - people are usually happy to leave their own little mark, or very young children tend to take a load of the blocks off the wall to stack them on the floor.
I did manage to capture the above footage, which demonstrates the potential fun of the exhibit - it’s all broadcast through a webcam during opening times.
You can find out more information about this piece at the 1 and Another site here, and more about the Life Online show here.