Motion - SMS (2008)

SOCIAL // MULTIMEDIA // SEARCH

SMS is an art installation that will allow participants to send a text message containing a keyword to a specific number. That keyword will trigger two searches: Firstly, it will search for the latest images on Flickr tagged with the keyword and display the images on screen. Secondly, it will search sounds and music from podcasts relating to the keyword and play the first search result on the background. It will also pick the last three numbers of the sender's phone number and use them as particle elements in the background.

sms screenshot

The installation takes advantage of one of the most common uses of mobile phones - text messages - and therefore it is very easy to interact with the piece. SMS was made during the Mobil/and workshop in Saint-Etienne, France.

For a tutorial on how to do something like this, please go here.