“Tape Recorders” by Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is an interactive art installation in which motorized tape measures record the presence of nearby onlookers by slowly extending (video). When a tape reaches about nine feet, it flops over suddenly (anyone who has used a tape measure will recognize this behavior). The installation is on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney through February 12.
Rows of motorised measuring tapes record the amount of time that visitors stay in the installation. As a computerised tracking system detects the presence of a person, the closest measuring tape starts to project upwards. When the tape reaches around 3 meters high it crashes and recoils back.
video via bitforms gallery, photos by Arnel Rodriquez