For some now I’ve been trying to think of a way to integrate the virtual and the real world in a sculptural form. Eventually I came up with a solution.

This sculpture shows the inner workings of the Time and Relative Dimension in Space machine that Dr Who uses.

With the aid of Smart phone technology you will be able to experience and consequently understand the rocket science that enabled this rather clever device to exist here … and there.

If I ever manage to persuade an art gallery to show this piece I’m hoping that modern day cyber kids will find something that interests them and also to demonstrate that the fantastic tools that we have in the various forms of modern technology can be used for more than looking at cats, advertising, playing games and grumbling at the world.

I’m only just beginning to see the value of QR codes and how they could be used effectively other than advertising. For a start, art galleries could use them next to painting, sculptures and installations that require some explanation other than existence or if the artist wants to provide information that he/she thinks would add to the experience. It won’t be that far in the future when everyone has a Smart phone.

By the way, to be able to follow where my sculpture leads, you’ll need two Smart phones.

The sculpture is called Who’s In There.

(The QR code does work in the actual sculpture, even within the cage, but doesn’t in the photo. I’ve reproduced it below.)

The Black Hole


  1. Posted February 16, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    I went in there – you’ll need a lot of bread crumbs to find your way out again.

    daddyp replied:

    I hope you haven’t been littering.

  2. Posted February 17, 2013 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    Don’t have a smart phone. somehow, that term seems like an oxymoron to me, actually, and having a “smart” phone doesn’t make people any smarter. In many ways, it is exactly the opposite.

    So I guess I won’t be going into your maze any time soon, but the sculpture is conceptually interesting/\.

    daddyp replied:

    Exactly. My target audience is the one where the smart phones could well be smarter than they are. However, it is worth trying to come up with a way so the smart technology can help people get smarter or, at least, open their eyes a tad. However smart people added to smart gizmos, and with a profound love of gingernuts, have the potential to increase the rate of evolution. Mind you I have a suspicion that we’re all going to end up where we started but we’ll see it differently.

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