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Let's pull the time machine out of the closet and crank the dial way back to a much simpler time. Yes, today we are traveling back to 2004. You may wonder why we are going to 2004? The answer is quite simple. In 2004, I built, and for the first time satisfactorily documented, one of my strange electronic art projects. As you may have guessed this project was called "Trigger".

"Trigger" is built inside one of the infamous Hanging Chad voting machines (that threw into disarray the 2000 presidential elections). It was modified to read-out right or left wing propaganda, depending on user interaction. Towards what side of the political spectrum it swayed, and how extreme it became, depended upon three factors; the direction that the case was rotated after it was picked up, the severity of the degree to which it was turned and also the amount of time in which it was rotated to that position. In this way, users could pick up the case and choose their own adventure through the political spectrum.

In the fall of 2004, "Trigger" was on display at Parsons School of Design as part of the "Voting Booth Project." It was surrounded by artwork submitted by much more reputable artists like David Byrne, Christo, Frank Gehry, Milton Glaser, John Maeda, and Diane von Furstenberg. To this day, not a single one of them will return my calls.

"Trigger" was made in collaboration with Raoul Rickenberg.

 
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Step 1: Go get stuff

This was documented in 2004. Some knowledge was lost to time, but here is a basic outline of components that you will need:

- A Hanging Chad voting booth from the 2000 presidential election.
- A Dinsmore 1490 digital compass
- A 2 axis accelerometer
- SPST switch
- Small portable radio
- PIC16F877
- 20mhz resonator
- SPDT switch
- A cheap radio
- An iPod
- An iPod remote
- Some circuit boards, components, batteries and stuff...

Warlrosity4 years ago
Ohh.. it plays Propaganda when lifted?!? Smart
Derin4 years ago
Imagine using this with the "shake to shuffle" feature of the iPhone/iTouch!!!Then it would be impossible to pick your propaganda LOL
capricorn4 years ago
I think it is a close presence triggered bomb system.

In 2004 there was a huge bomb attack in Madrid, at the train station

How tasteful :(
      So, people should stifle their art because it looks similar to a terrorist's weapon? I literally cannot even begin to describe how ignorant that is. Yes, human suffering is an awful thing, but we cannot let that stop us from creating. Living in fear of creating, or offending someone is exactly what the terrorists want.

     @randofo: Nice work. Not my thing, but hey. Do you happen to know if they still make that compass? Also, does it run on 5v or 3.3v, or even perhaps some kind of positive/negative/ground voltage?
Rock on.....or art on?
randofo (author)  damurdock4 years ago
Yes they do (as far I know). I believe it is 5V.
Just don't take it to the airport.
 EPIC QUADRUPLE FACEPALM OF DOOOOOOOOOOM!
Just now read your other comment. Sorry, I jump to my guns quite quickly on things like this. Point still stands, just not at you. 
randofo (author)  capricorn4 years ago
What?!
I didn't see this and think "suitcase bomb". It didn't cross my mind at any point. I don't think it's distasteful at all. 
I'll admit, the first thought that crossed my mind was "suitcase bomb".  Then, "I would run like hell from this thing", and "would randofo leave this lying unattended for people to pick up and be startled by propaganda mp3's?".  I'm guessing your user-interaction was confined solely to your display booth instead... 
It is an interesting idea for its time, though.  Do you remember what types of propaganda messages it broadcasted?  I know my old high school poly-sci teacher would have loved a gadget/art piece like this.
randofo (author)  valhallas_end4 years ago
It was confined to the gallery and most people were too scared to pick it up because they thought you weren't supposed to touch it.

Basically, it was just reading out loud popular politically slanted websites at the time.
Derin randofo4 years ago
You should have put a sign saying "You can touch this."
noahh4 years ago
Could you post a video? That's be great.
randofo (author)  noahh4 years ago
No can do. It's gone.
Funk_D4 years ago
Just for my information...

Where do I get a 2000 Hanging Chad voting booth? lol.

It just seems like something that wouldn't be at the local wal-mart.
randofo (author)  Funk_D4 years ago
Ebay
zeke344 years ago
 Wait a minute.....so what exactly does this thing do?
Derin zeke344 years ago
You pick it up and it gives right or left wing propaganda depending on which side it is moved.
=SMART=4 years ago
At first i thought it was a bomb haha that would have been cool

I think i get how it works though :)
him92924 years ago
It was modified to read-out right or left wing propaganda, depending on user interaction.

It says so in the first step. Reading comprehension guys.
cambigfoot4 years ago
what does it do?
capricorn4 years ago
Cool down everyone, I was just joking :)

I thought that everyone had read the text on top, sorry if I created any inconvenience.
Kaiven4 years ago
I'm with zeke and Scooch... and @Shattan: What does that mean!?
Ward_Nox4 years ago
man you ppl read so well its a piece of conceptual art callled Trigger made from one of the voting mashines the 2000 election that caused all the problems in 2000 that allowed the republicans to steal the white house (i mean come on the woman in charge of verifying the votes was the republican campaign manager for Florida and NO ONE called foul when they tossed out a historically democratic voting districts votes)
randofo (author)  Ward_Nox4 years ago
What on Earth are you talking about? All I said was that the machine created turmoil in the electoral process, which I don't think anyone will disagree with.
Jur4 years ago
Quote from the first step:
"It was modified to read-out right or left wing propaganda, depending on user interaction. Towards what side of the political spectrum it swayed, and how extreme it became, depended upon three factors; the direction that the case was rotated after it was picked up, the severity of the degree to which it was turned and also the amount of time in which it was rotated to that position."

=)


scoochmaroo4 years ago

I'm with zeke34 on this one.