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WHAT IS IT? Passage For Peace is a proof-of-concept exhibit for a public art installation developed by Pocobor and KnoEnd. The installation is designed to utilize gestural interconnectivity technology to bring people together to hope for peace. The ultimate goal is a migratory set of installations that will be placed in prominent public plazas of major cities throughout the world. Each year the installations will be placed in different cities to begin new dialogues for peace.
Each installation consists of a set of alternating metal and glass columns. When the metal columns are touched (or hugged, in a full-size installation – see picture below), the adjacent glass columns will illuminate and a musical note will play. There are 12 metal poles, corresponding to both the notes in an octave and the months in a year.
The response to touching a pole in one city will be mirrored in other cities, allowing people across the world to interact with each other remotely to promote peace and unity. Touching the same poles in different cities or playing certain chords will trigger stronger and more involved responses from the installations to reflect the harmony created.
HOW DOES IT WORK? The prototype senses contact using capacitive touch sensors and uses two PIC MCUs per unit as controllers. The two units communicate via XBee wireless radio (although a full-scale implementation is more likely to use WiFi or M2M technology). The electronics and firmware were custom designed and built by Pocobor.