LOCOMOTOART is a independent powered creative field system, which is comprised of digital devices that are commonly used by most individuals in everyday life, such as an iPod, laptop computer, and digital cameras. By taking a bottom-up approach, the LocoMotoArt system is rooted in a synergistic design concept, meaning that existing digital artefacts are combined with independent portable power systems such as solar panels. None of these devices are re-worked or changed, rather they are being explored for purpose of field use – creating and displaying new media in natural settings with the express purpose of showing others that such systems are not only available but provide options for sustainable energy sources.
LocoMotoArt was assembled to provide three types of user options: Module 1, a basic system that fits into a backpack, below; Module 2, an intermediate system with the option to use higher powered projection systems, an expanded power system that responds to higher watt power requirements and a larger battery operated amplifier for sound playback, and Module 3, solar panels and battery operated 80 Lumen video projectors assembled for the use by interactive artist Jamie Griffiths in the Amazon River Region.
Within the three modules there are four distinct field capacities: 1) POWER to provide independent energy source while on the field and to operate and extend the battery life of the laptop; 2) CAPTURE, devices for capture of visual and sound; 3) PRODUCTION, a laptop with software for producing media and converting it for playback while on the field; and, 4) DISPLAY, devices for playback of sound and visuals for exhibition.
SEE SIDE BAR ON RIGHT FOR DETAILS ON EACH MODULE.