Hardware configuration - Altered monitors [24h. Museum Program]


Technical information

Generation/source of images and sounds

1 Generation of video in the Santa Monica Arts Centre
1.1 Indoors Several cameras (daytime/night-time vision) connected to the Internet/Intranet network, arranged in the different parts of the Santa Monica Arts Centre:

- Surveillance area
- Offices area
- Toilets area
- Exhibitions area Outdoors
- La Rambla, with tourists and passers-by
- Glass entrance door to the Arts Centre (the border)

1.2 Generation of images in the private sphere [user participation] There are two possibilites as to the generation of images in the private sphere: - A webcam broadcasting 24hrs a day from two specific houses. - Anonymous Internet users who can connect from their house or computer through the installation's website (the number of connections will be programmed automatically).

2 Web & Media Server/Distribution
2.1 Media Server The cameras in the Arts Centre and in the private spaces send their A/V signals to a Multimedia Server (Media Server protocol RTMP) that will be working online 24hrs a day.
2.2 Web Server The information interfaces that interact with the multimedia server are placed on a web server (HTML protocol). The interfaces, designed and programmed in Object-Oriented Programming language, are there to control, edit and automatically organise the A/V content into five channels. The images are structured according to certain behaviour patterns pre-defined and programmed by the author.

3 Installation in the Arts Centre/Broadcasting-Reception Five flat screens (42") show the programmes on each of the channels coming from the Internet. Meanwhile, a main screen, suspended in space like a plane of light (such as a Fresnel-type acrylic screen, with back-projection of data) shows a palimpsest of all the images captured.