In Grand Central, Swiss artist Thibault Brevet experimented with social interactions and communications through electronics, specifically via online submissions.The entire project, from concept to design, as well as programming of the machine, were completed by Brevet as a part of his ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne graduation requirement.
During the exhibit, anyone could go online to the website and submit words, text, or messages anonymously. The text was transferred to a giant rolling plotter which would then print out the messages on recycled newsprint using blue, red, green, and black permanent markers. Everything from song lyrics to a banana doodle appeared in the scrolling messages, and visitors to the exhibit were exposed to all of the inner thoughts of many unknown people.
Brevet created the installation as a way to provide an platform for people to express themselves by throwing caution to the wind and freely speaking without being held accountable for their words. Brevet explains, “[The machine] functions as a guestbook. It unrolls and creates a dialogue physically in front of the audience.”
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