Mack Howell

Trajectory is an experiment to find out what a smartphone sees when traumatic events happen to it — e.g. it's dropped, it overheats, it encounters g-forces. Its own sensors trigger streaming video, live imagery, that's then uploaded to a website.


It is 2014 and smartphones contain a raft of sensors that gather data from their surrounding environs. I'm using these sensors to broadcast moments of shock or surprise from the device's perspective. Each sensor perceives one aspect of the environment and, as a group, they paint a precise digital picture of what the phone is experiencing. I see this as an experiment in automating video production from smartphones, while analyzing the medium itself by creating a specialized website for viewing incoming video streams. Each stream is a reaction to a jarring event, providing a temporally immersive snapshot.