Auke Touwslager
Since 2006
Works in Logatec Slovenia

BIO
Informationlab is a tag that identifies the collaborative efforts of an international group operating at the shifting intersection of art, science, technology & design. Since 2004 Informationlab founders Auke Touwslager (NL) and Ursula Lavrencic (SLO) seen their efforts being adopted by different fields and audiences. As a result their Cell Phone Disco (2006) concept found its way to an international art community and to museums and galleries around the world. Most of the group collaboration is based on curiosity driven research which subsequently lead to a variety of publications, workshops and lectures.
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EVENT

Urban Living


Dates:
Fri Jan 25, 2008 00:00 - Mon Jan 14, 2008

Location:
United States of America

January 25 - April 5, 2008
Gallery Crawl January 25

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With numerous construction projects underway, Pittsburgh's new downtown residents look forward to many options for shaping their domestic, professional and social lives. "Urban Living" offers perspectives and propositions spanning technological and environmental issues that impact and energize urban culture.

Artists include: Pascal Glissmann & Martina Höfflin, InformationLab, Sabrina Raff, Roman Kirschner, France Cadet

Wood Street Galleries
601 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

p 412.471.5605
f 412.232.3262

woodstreetgalleries@pgharts.org


DISCUSSION

Cell Phone Disco


CELL PHONE DISCO An electromagnetic experience

Cell Phone Disco is a playful experimental installation made out of flashing cells. By multiplication of a mobile phone gadget, only slightly altered consumer product, we created a space to experience the invisible body of the mobile phone.

Flashing cells basically consist of one or more LEDs, battery and a sensor that detects electromagnetic (EM) radiation transmitted by an active mobile phone. When the sensor detects EM waves it sets off the LEDs to flash for a couple of seconds. In general the flashing cells are enclosed in a plastic casing on a strap and sold as a fashion accessory for a mobile phone.

The Cell Phone Disco installation has two parts:

MOBILE AURA
Flashing cells with sensors of higher sensitivity are used to detect electromagnetic radiation of active mobile phone in a range of approximately a meter. This way a sort of aura appears around the phone, revealing a part of it's invisible body.

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

MOBILE DRAWING
Much less sensitive cells are used to create a canvas for an inkless marker. The LEDs get activated only by an extreme proximity of the electromagnetic source. Moving the phone close to the cells therefore leaves a trace of light, an temporary electromagnetic drawing.

http://cellphonedisco.informationlab.org/

Cell Phone Disco is on view until September 17 2006 at:

LAMBALL BAKRA - Baschz en Friends
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MAMA showroom for media and moving art
Lamball Bakra Exhibition
Witte de Withstraat 29-31
3012 BL Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Contact:
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For questions, press material and images:

Informationlab.org
Frederik Hendrikstraat 113-A
1052 HN Amsterdam
The Netherlands

projects@informationlab.org

Cell Phone Disco is an installation by
Auke Touwslager and Ursula Lavrencic.