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Midterm Project - Disintegrating Machines

1 April 2019

Disintegrating Machines

For my midterm project, I explored the idea of disintegrating machines, primarily prompted by responses to Banksy's October 2018 self-shredding paiinting. I collected a handful of references in this board.

I wanted to create a digital "painting" which becomes corrupted when people are not looking at it. The object would use a Raspberry Pi and camera with facial detection to accomplish this. This was my first time using a Pi, so it took a while to get the scaffolding set up.


I used a photograph of a glacier I had taken a few years ago and applied a JPEG glitching algorithm repeatedly for every interval when there was no one looking at the picture frame. The idea was to critique the concept of buying precious art for lots of money and then leaving it in storage somewhere.


video coming soon, I've reached my Vimeo upload limit for now

Code for this project lives here.

In the end, I think this project was lacking visceral, physical impact. In its ideal formulation, I would hope for it to be as visceral as this object by Thijs Rijkers: