Mack Howell

Magnetic Boogie

An audio/visual intermingling of magnetic card data on televisions.

Introduction to Computational Media,Introduction to Physical Computing

Magnetic card stipes and CRT televisions are old but ubiquitous, and they\'re being replaced by sleeker options. I wanted to create a way to reuse the data on magnetic cards - gift certificates to credit cards - and create a visualization that takes place on CRT televisions. Although we use them all the time, we never see the data on ID’s and credit cards. Each card has a specific amount of data that appears on the screens as an array of color coded dots. This is also accompanied by audio, which is specific to each card. The piece will continue to add to itself until the screen is filled, and everyone\'s data is mingling on-screen.