OF ONES AND ZEROS.
While digital Data in the form of binary codes was primarily transferred through cables at the turn of the millennium, we are currently confronted with a rise of wireless networks. Air as a transmitting material is taking over. Invisible to our eyes and capable of travelling unimaginable distances due to the seemingly freedom from materiality, data surrounds us everywhere and always.
Binary Talk abuts to the traditional form of long distance communication of smoke signs. The Language transmitted however is that of computers.
The installation wants to create awareness as to how much data and information constantly surrounds us and makes the „Ones and Zeros“ perceivable to the observer.
TRANSMITTING MEDIUM AIR.
In the installation Binairy Talk air serves as the transmitting medium for binary code, as a carrier of data and information across a distance. While wireless networks use radio technology to transfer data, Binairy Talk transmits data by moving air. The air is made visible and measurable with small particles of fog. The sender or source of the impulse is a loudspeaker which generates an impulse in the air that surpasses space in the shape of a vortex ring, before being received and interpreted by a laser equipped sensor on the other side.
HOW IT WORKS.
Binairy Talk is based on the character encoding scheme for computers: the ASCII Code. It contains 128 characters (a-z, A-Z, 0-9, punctation symbols and control codes), which are assigned to a number, which can be used in our usual decimal numeral system or even in binary system.
This binary code out of zeros and ones (also called bits) is then translated in two statuses: 1=“ring is there“ and 0=“ring isn‘t there“. Below you can see an example Code of the word „hey“.
After sending a start byte, the pulsing device transmitts the code in a defined frequency, by pushing a smoke ring out of the box, everytime there is a „1“.
On the site of the receiver is a light barrier, which detects incoming rings and writes a „1“ again, everytime there is one. Whenever there are all 8 bits, the decoding interface, writes the corresponding character.