|Practical case|

SYNTHIA STOCK TICKER – LYNN HERSHMAN

2000-02 • CUSTOM SOFTWARE, MICROPROCESSOR

 

Modeled on Thomas Edison’s stock ticker, Synthia Stock Ticker is a networked sculpture that personifies changes in the stock market in real time. Instead of ticker tape, the miniaturized stock ticker houses a small monitor that projects the environment of a female character named Synthia. Synthia’s “drive” is composed of accumulated stock data; compiled data is translated into sixteen base behaviors that symbolize market performance. Guided by 2% changes in stock market trading, Synthia reacts in real time to changes in the Down Industrial Average, NASDAQ, S&P 500 and Russell Cap indexes. For instance, if the market is hot, she turns to fire, dances or shops and Christian Dior. If the market is down, she chain-smokes, has nightmares of shops at Goodwill.

Treatments/actions:
. Communication with the Hess collection (owner of the artwork)
. Disassembling
. Troubleshooting (with Mirco Fraß)
. Preservation decision-making under pressure (overheating due to the glass bell)
. Damage report
. Treatment report
. Monitoring of the artwork