This installation, or machine, consists of old computers that aren't used anymore or were even thrown away. They became too old for the work they had to do all those years. New, upgraded computers took their place. But that doesn't mean they're completely broken. They still work. Slow but steady. So in my opinion, you can still use these computers for smaller tasks. Gather enough of these computers and you can program them to be a Twitter Bot Army or something. Or tear the computers apart and build another machine. These are just examples. What I wanted to show with this project is that the computers still work, but don't have to do an plain office job. They're welcome to enter the experimental playground of artists, engineers and hobbyists. I want to encourage people to hack old electronics and make new things with these resources instead of going to e-waste. In my own case, I've put the computers and some screens in a new housing (two big server racks) where they can play together. They receive some input, images from the vintage Encarta CD-rom I found while gathering the old computers, which they share with each other via their own private network. And each computer edits or glitches these images in their own way, Afterwards, all these images will be shared with each other again to become the new input for a next round of editing. It's almost as if they're playing a toss-a-ball game with the images and they can keep doing that for as long as the computers or the code of the pictures won't break. One throws an image, another one catches it, does something with it, and throws it back. This whole process of editing, saving and sharing for over a long period can be listened to in real time, while a set of pick up coils measure the electromagnatic radiation and actually turn it into sound, or to better call it, a noise performance by old computers.
With this project I exhibited at the Interaction Design Finals at ArtEZ Arnhem in July 2017 and as a Youngblood Nominee at Gogbot Festival at the Menistenkerk, Enschede in September 2017. Gogbot pictures by Stef Tervelde.