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Lab Binaer: Death Calls The Tune

Everyday we are susceptible to a mass of information and stimuli, be it relentless adverts, news reports, music or simple the hustle and bustle of our surrounding environment. There is no questioning that we are becoming more and more selective about what stimuli we take in from our environment and what to relay to others.

Lab Binaer are a group of designer and multimedia artists. They design and develop multimedia-based exhibits that enable users to experience familiar contents in a new, previously unknown way. They are convinced that there is a perfect medium for every message. This aim is achieved by using the right mixture of acoustic, visual and haptic stimuli.

Convinced that there is a perfect medium for every message. This aim is achieved by using the right mixture of acoustic, visual and haptic stimuli.

Since the very day we are born into this world we are flooded with information. News channels are often full of bad, often morbid news, which in an ideal world would not be the case. War and crime dominate our news channels and our sensitivity to these headlines is no doubt becoming weaker. ‘Death Calls The Tune’ is designed to demonstrate the increasing role death plays in the daily news and the over-stimulation coming with it.

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From all the news items published throughout the world minute by minute, the light sculpture “Death Calls the Tune” selects those that are about doom and misery on our planet. Being driven by a micro-controller, the pick-up of the remodeled record player “burns” the headlines into the steadily rotating light-sensitive disc.

However, the brightly glowing headlines soon fade just as quickly as in our memory. Due to the incredible flood of shocking news, though, there will be no break. Accordingly, the light arm writes headline after headline and one which caught our eye a few seconds ago is immediately overwritten and does not matter any longer.