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By Rhizome

Cell Phone Disco is an experimental installation, made of flashing cells, that allows gallery visitors to experience the invisible body of the mobile phone.

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The cells consist of one or more LEDs, battery and a sensor that detects electromagnetic radiation transmitted by mobile phones. When the sensor detects EM waves it sets off the LEDs to flash for a couple of seconds.

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Cell Phone Disco has two parts:

Mobile Aura: Flashing cells with sensors of higher sensitivity detect EM radiation of active mobile phone in a range of approximately a meter. A sort of aura appears then around the phone, revealing a part of its invisible body.

While the user moves around talking on his/her phone, this aura follows the conversation as a light shadow through the space.

Mobile Drawing: Less sensitive cells create a canvas for an inkless marker. The LEDs get activated by an extreme proximity of the EM source. Moving the phone close to the cells leaves a trace of light, an electromagnetic drawing.

The installation premiered at the Lamball Bakra exhibition at the Showroom MAMA in Rotterdam.

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