Animated Telegraph (2009)


The animated telegraph is built around a vintage 1890s telegraph, which I found, still operable, in an antique store.

The telegraph is reanimated with the help of an embedded computer system that allows its mechanism to interface with an associated DVD player. The embedded electronics enable the telegraph to read texts displayed on the video. When the texts appear, the telegraph springs into action, tapping out the letters in Morse code.

In addition to the C code written for the PIC microcontroller, I created pre-processing software in MaxMSP that generates portions of the C code for the microcontroller based on the desired text library.

For an example of the Animated Telegraph in action, see Let us imagine a straight line, installation no. 4.)