“Virtual Wall” connects two physically remote locations to one another, yet puts up new communicative barriers that shed critical light on modern communication tools.
On either location, participants can make use of two distinct ways of interacting with the other side. A silent video feed gives them the ability to visually communicate through gestures, postures, and facial expressions. They can also send SMS text messages to a number displayed on their screen. These messages instantly appear on the screen on the other side but cause the progressive degradation of the video feed. The image quality can only be restored by continuously refraining from sending additional text messages.
This critical experiment tried to create a metaphoric situation allowing participants to reflect on the way modern tools affect our way of communicating.
Holon Institute of Technology
Adriaan Bernstein, Guy Adiv, Michael Abramovich
Idea, Interaction, Programming