Final Documentation – “I light this candle in a transaction”
“I light this candle in a transaction” is an interactive installation that explores ideas surrounding the mechanization of religious and monetary transactions. Partially inspired by Douglas Adams’ “Electric Monk”, a labour-saving device found in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, “I light a candle in this transaction” takes the form of a credit card-operated, electric votive candle stand that automatically generates and prints personal prayers for each user. At its core, the piece tries to identify what ways our modern consumerist society can expedite a spiritual process and where it fails altogether.
Processing is used to analyze and generate the credit card and prayer information while the physical parts are run via an Arduino Mega.
Posted on June 15, 2012, in "I light this candle in a transaction", Mechatronic and tagged arduino, credit card reader, dxarts, gaelen sayres, interactive art, mechatronic art, media art, processing, religion, thermal receipt printer, votive candle. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.